UPDATED 8:30 AM PT – Sunday, April 18, 2021
Serious disagreements remain between the U.S. and Iran, as Joe Biden continues to attempt to recommit to the failed nuclear deal in Vienna.
According to reports on Saturday, Iran’s chief negotiator said that a new understanding appears to be emerging between the two parties, but stressed the path ahead was not easy.
After days of intensive talks, it appears that we are now on the right track. But difficult way to go.
Too soon to predict the result. Expert Groups continue their hard work of clarifying important questions.
— Seyed Abbas Araghchi (@araghchi) April 17, 2021
Despite this comment, Iran has continued to breach agreements with the U.S.
Iran began ramping up its uranium enrichment program to 60 percent purity, a big step up from its current max of 20 percent.
“We do not support and do not think it’s at all helpful that Iran is saying it’s going to move to enrichment to 60 percent,” Biden stated. “It is contrary to the agreement. We are, though, nonetheless pleased that Iran has continued to agree to engage in discussions.”
Negotiators are working on steps both sides must take on sanctions and nuclear activities.
However, the talks have been further complicated by an explosion at Iran’s main uranium enrichment facility at Natanz, which their government has claimed was an act of sabotage by Israel.