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Iran, China, Russia and Europe are discussing a return to the US nuclear deal

(CNN) – The European Union (EU) said in a statement on Thursday that a virtual meeting of the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan (JCPOA) Joint Commission would be held on Friday to discuss the US return to the Iran nuclear deal.

“The Joint Commission will be chaired by EU High Representative Joseph Borrell and chaired by Enrique Mora, Deputy Secretary-General and Political Director of the European External Affairs Service. It will be attended by representatives from China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and Iran.” Release.

“Participants will discuss the possibility of JCPOA returning to the United States and how all parties can ensure full and effective implementation of the agreement.”

In 2018, Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the United States from the JCPOA deal, which aims to restrict Iran’s nuclear program to ease sanctions. Incumbent US President Joe Biden has said his country will rejoin the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty once Tehran fully accepts the terms of the agreement.

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“We welcome this as a positive step,” US State Department spokesman Nate Price told reporters in Washington on Thursday. “We have been clear for several weeks that we are ready to seek revenue to meet our JCPOA obligations to comply with Iran’s actions.”

“We are talking to our partners in the P5 + 1 environment and elsewhere, and we are open about the best way to achieve this, including a series of initial interactions,” Price added.

“We are looking for options to do so, including indirect conversations with our European partners.”