The countries participating in the Iran nuclear deal, the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), announced their readiness to support the return of the United States to the deal. A statement to this effect, issued after a meeting of foreign ministers, is posted on the German Foreign Ministry’s website.
“The ministers noted the prospect of a U.S. return to the JCPOA and stressed their readiness to approach the issue positively through joint efforts,” the document said. The diplomats also stressed their commitment to preserving the agreement and discussed the importance of returning to full implementation.
On December 14, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced his unwillingness to negotiate on his missile program with the new U.S. administration. Meanwhile, on December 18, it became known that Iran had resumed work on the secret nuclear facility at Fordow, an Iranian uranium enrichment plant south of Tehran.
In 2018, the U.S. unilaterally withdrew from the JCPOA and imposed sanctions on Tehran. In early December, newly elected U.S. President Joe Biden said he planned to bring Washington back into the deal. He also said he planned to negotiate and conclude follow-up agreements with Iran that would “tighten and extend restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program, as well as address its missile program.”