Biden’s Iranian envoy to give classified briefing on nuclear talks

But the talks appeared to run into problems again this week, with the United States calling Tehran’s latest response a “step backwards”.

“We are studying Iran’s response, but the bottom line is that it’s not encouraging at all,” a senior Biden administration official told POLITICO on Thursday.

Congress could play an important role in reviewing any roadmap to reinstate the 2015 nuclear deal, which lifted a number of U.S. and other sanctions against Tehran in exchange for curbing its nuclear program. Lawmakers can push through a resolution of disapproval to stop the stimulus, but that could be met with filibuster or a presidential veto.

Many on the right vehemently oppose any deal, and with midterm elections coming up this fall, Democrats may want to avoid a protracted debate over Iran.

Then-President Donald Trump scrapped the deal in 2018, saying it was too weak. After US sanctions reimposed, Iran resumed much of its nuclear work and made significant progress toward enriching enough uranium to produce a nuclear bomb.


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