Supporters of the Iran nuclear deal welcomed news Friday that the Biden administration restored sanctions waivers seen as key to a mutual return to the agreement.\r\n\r\n\u0022Trump never should have revoked these waivers in the first place, which are in the U.S. interest and benefit nonproliferation efforts.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022This is excellent news for diplomacy!\u0022 tweeted the Friends Committee on National Legislation. The waivers, the group added, \u0022will help facilitate negotiations to bring us back into the Iran nuclear deal, which will reduce the threat of war with Iran, and reduce civilian harm from sanctions.\u0022\r\n\r\nWith Iran hawk Mike Pompeo then leading the State Department, the Trump administration rescinded the waivers allowing for international cooperation on Iran\u0026#039;s nuclear sites in 2020. That followed its 2018 move to pull the U.S. out of the Obama-era deal formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.\r\n\r\nAccording to Agence France-Presse, the waivers allow \u0022other countries and companies to participate in Iran\u0026#039;s civilian nuclear program without triggering U.S. sanctions on them, in the name of promoting safety and non-proliferation.\u0022\r\n\r\nThe State Department has notified Congress of the waivers.\r\n\r\n\u0022We are issuing the waiver now for a simple reason,\u0022 said a senior State Department official to CNN. \u0022It will enable some of our international partners to have more detailed technical discussions to enable cooperation that we view as being in our non-proliferation interests.\u0022\r\n\r\nThe official called such discussions \u0022necessary in the final weeks of JCPOA talks\u0022 and said \u0022the waiver itself would be essential to ensuring Iran\u0026#039;s swift compliance with its nuclear commitments.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022If talks do not result in a return to the nuclear agreement,\u0022 the official said, \u0022such technical discussions could still contribute to achieving our non-proliferation goals.\u0022\r\n\r\nAnti-war group CodePink said the development marked \u0022a step in the right direction\u0022 but added: \u0022If only it hadn\u0026#039;t taken Biden a year to do so...\u0022\r\n\r\nIn a Friday tweet, State Department spokesperson Ned Price defended the decision from critics, saying that the U.S. \u0022did NOT provide sanctions relief for Iran and WILL NOT until/unless Tehran returns to its commitments under the JCPOA. We did precisely what the last administration did: permit our international partners to address growing nuclear nonproliferation and safety risks in Iran.\u0022\r\n\r\nNational Iranian American Council (NIAC) senior research fellow Assal Rad drew attention to the ongoing U.S.-imposed sanctions on Iran.\r\n\r\n\u0022As people who pushed Trump\u0026#039;s failed policy start yelling that this is a \u0026#039;concession\u0026#039; to Iran, remember the sanctions crushing its economy are still in place,\u0022 she tweeted. \u0022These waivers let other countries work on Iran\u0026#039;s civilian nuclear program, a step that helps bring it back to compliance.\u0022\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nNIAC policy director Ryan Costello responded to the development in a statement in which he also drew attention to the continued sanctions.\r\n\r\n\u0022Trump never should have revoked these waivers in the first place, which are in the U.S. interest and benefit nonproliferation efforts,\u0022 said Costello. He called Biden\u0026#039;s move to restore them \u0022a positive sign and welcome move\u0022 as it\u0026#039;s \u0022in the interest of the United States, as well as the global community, and supports important nonproliferation goals.\u0022\r\n\r\n\u0022The Biden administration is right that these waivers will not entail financial relief to Iran, though there remains a strong case for up front humanitarian relief as it is the people of Iran who have suffered the most under U.S. sanctions,\u0022\u0026nbsp;Costello added. \u0022Hopefully this is a step to a full restoration of the JCPOA and relief for the people of Iran.\u0022\r\n\r\nIran, meanwhile, has called the Biden move \u0022not sufficient,\u0022 with its foregin ministry saying that \u0022good will, in our viewpoint, means that something tangible happens on the ground.\u0022\r\n\r\nFinal talks in Vienna on tryng to revive the nuclear deal could take place next week.