The White House said Iran has agreed to resume negotiations after the new nuclear deal expires.
Following a classified meeting Wednesday in Vienna, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif agreed to enter bilateral talks with United States over the next six months, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said.
“We look forward to Iran fulfilling its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action,” she said.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States wants to begin a “sincere diplomatic and commercial dialogue” with Iran. He added, “We hope that by the end of this six-month period Iran will recommit to that nuclear deal, fully implement the deal’s restrictions, and demonstrate that they have become a responsible, responsible partner.”
He also said Iran cannot “operate under the shadow of sanctions,” adding that Iran needs to change the way it operates to ensure its intentions are transparent to the international community.
The agreement aimed to halt Iran’s development of nuclear weapons in exchange for lifting crippling sanctions.
Sanders said the negotiations for the end of the deal will “go on regardless of the other preconditions” that still need to be met, including prior to the last deadline of June.
President Trump has withdrawn the United States from the 2015 agreement, and has called on other European countries to reimpose sanctions on Tehran.
Pompeo said the sanctions will start to “snap back in” once the deal expires.
“Our objective will be to continue to recover the full value of America’s investment in the sanctions lifted under the deal,” he said.
Trump also tweeted the deal, a treaty under which Iran ended its uranium enrichment program, has not worked and is not good for anyone.