Biden’s Sluggish Start to Talks Will Test Iran’s Patience

MIN READFeb 4, 2021 | 16:58 GMT

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif speaks during a meeting in Havana, Cuba, on Nov. 6, 2020.

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The United States does not appear to be rushing into negotiations with Iran, which will keep short-term security risks in the Middle East high by testing Tehran’s patience. But once Washington does eventually come to the table, the European Union may have the opportunity to usher the two sides toward a deal. On Feb. 2, U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price said it was still too early to consider engaging directly with Iran or entertaining any of its proposals, citing the need to first consult with the United States' domestic stakeholders and global partners on how to move forward. Price's comments followed Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif’s Feb. 2 interview with CNN, in which he suggested that the European Union foreign could “choreograph” actions taken by Washington and Tehran to return to compliance with the Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). But according...

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