Biden and Xi discuss how to ‘align’ positions on Iran’s nuclear issue

US President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed how they could harmonize their positions ahead of the Nov. 29 resumption of indirect talks between the United States and Iran on the reactivation of the Iran nuclear deal. 2015, a senior US official said Tuesday.

Officials from Iran and the six nations that reached the pact (Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States) will meet in Vienna to see if Tehran and Washington can agree to resume compliance with the agreement under which Iran halted its nuclear energy. program to get relief from US, EU and UN sanctions.

In 2018, then-President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the pact between the major powers known as P5 + 1 and Iran and restored tough US sanctions, prompting Tehran to begin violating its nuclear restrictions about a year later.

“The two presidents had the opportunity to talk about how we can align our perspectives heading into that meeting (on November 29) so that the P5 + 1 is united in the deal with Iran and tries to pave the way for a return to the ( deal), “White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said in a virtual appearance at a think tank.

The talks between the United States and Iran are indirect, with officials from other nations passing between them, because Iran refuses to have direct contact with American officials.

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at a meeting to mark the 110th anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing earlier this month. (credit: CARLOS GARCIA RAWLINS / REUTERS)

While China favors reactivating the deal, it has tended to place the onus on the United States, rather than Iran, blaming Washington for abandoning the deal and giving Tehran an economic lifeline by buying Iranian oil despite US sanctions. .

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