In addition, the U.S. lifted Trump-era travel restrictions on Iranian diplomats who are posted at the U.N. New York headquarters.
These efforts are a bid to reintegrate the U.S. with its allies and bring the nation back in line with Russia, China, and Europeans in their approach to restricting Iran’s nuclear development.
Though some Republicans have criticized these moves, a senior State Department official told reporters Thursday that the U.S. is not making “concessions to Iran.” They are “concessions to common sense.”
“I think we’ve seen what four years of maximum pressure and not talking to Iran has yielded,” the senior official said. But the official also conceded that returning both sides to compliance with the Iran nuclear deal won’t be easy, predicting,
“I assume this is going to be a painstaking and difficult process that is going to take some time.”
At this point, the format of such a meeting and the location have not been determined.
There’s also no word on whether Iran will attend. Senior State Department officials denied that the moves were meant to incentivize Iran from following through on a Sunday deadline to block International Atomic Energy Association inspectors from accessing facilities within the country.