U.S. and Iranian officials could hold nuclear discussions within coming weeks under a plan by the European Union to bring the two sides together for the first time since President Biden took office, according to U.S. officials and senior diplomats.
The move, potentially a first step toward reviving the 2015 international nuclear agreement, came after Secretary of State Antony Blinken discussed the deepening nuclear standoff with the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany. Former President Donald Trumpwithdrew from the accord.
U.S. officials said Washington was on board with the plan.
“The United States would accept an invitation from the European Union …. to discuss a diplomatic way forward on Iran’s nuclear program,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement Thursday.
Iranian officials didn’t respond to a request for comment. They haven’t agreed to participate in such talks, according to senior diplomats.