Skip to main content

Sign up for our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values. Direct to your inbox.

For Immediate Release

Contact

Press Release

NIAC Statement on Conclusion of 7th Round of Nuclear Negotiations

WASHINGTON -

Sina Toossi, Senior Research Analyst with the National Iranian American Council, issued the following statement after the JCPOA Joint Commission concluded a seventh round of negotiations aimed at restoring the Iran nuclear deal: 

“The seventh round of nuclear negotiations was never going to be the breakthrough round, as it was expected that the new Iranian government would come in with a tough negotiating line to differentiate itself and seek the maximum gain possible. Whether it is deemed successful should be judged on whether the process continues, which it can and should.

“The alternatives to a clean return to the JCPOA range from bad to worse. The U.S. cannot be sure another deal can be negotiated, or that war can be avoided, if the negotiations collapse. Likewise, for Iran, failure will ensure the continuation of sanctions that have devastated the country and could risk the far worse devastation of war. This is why all sides need to seek greater flexibility to accommodate the political realities in both Washington and Tehran.

“There were positives from this round of negotiations, including that the negotiators are not starting from scratch and Iran is willing to discuss restoring its nuclear commitments. Without being able to evaluate the content of the Iranian proposals put forward, it is difficult to say how serious they are. However, we know that Iran needs serious sanctions relief commitments to overcome its skepticism regarding a deal the U.S. reneged on. That is a key component of the agreement and can’t be ignored by the U.S., Europe and other parties to the deal. 

“It would be foolish for the U.S. to reject Iran’s offers outright and value Trump’s sanctions more than rolling back Iran’s nuclear program to 2015. Likewise, it would be foolhardy for Iran to overplay its hand as it continues to erode trust by escalating its nuclear program to new heights. The JCPOA is the exit ramp from disastrous escalation. The parties need to find the political will to restore it.”

###

The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization founded in 2002 to give voice to the Iranian-American community. From being the trusted voice on U.S.- Iran relations, to pushing forth legislation that protects individuals of Iranian heritage from systematic discrimination, to celebrating our cultural heritage, NIAC creates a lasting impact in the lives of the members of our community.

Amid Existential Threat to Reproductive Rights, Congress Urged to Act

"It's the 49th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and if we don't fight like hell it could very well be the last," said one campaigner, who called on U.S. lawmakers to pass the Women's Health Protection Act.

Brett Wilkins ·


Black Mississippi State Senators Stage Walkout as Critical Race Theory Ban Passed

"We cannot continue to stumble into the future backwards," said one Black senator who taught for 33 years. "That's what this bill does."

Brett Wilkins ·


Buddhist Monk and Peace Activist Thích Nhất Hạnh Dead at 95

"He inspired so many good people to dedicate themselves to working for a more just and compassionate world."

Jessica Corbett ·


Draft Order Shows Trump Considered Using Military to Seize Voting Machines

"This was part of the records that Trump was fighting to keep from the January 6th committee," one government watchdog noted.

Brett Wilkins ·


Groups Warn US Lawmakers Against Fueling 'New Cold War' With China

A policy of hostility toward Beijing, says a global justice advocate, has "become a convenient excuse for pushing a corporate, militarist agenda."

Jessica Corbett ·

Support our work.

We are independent, non-profit, advertising-free and 100% reader supported.

Subscribe to our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values.
Direct to your inbox.

Subscribe to our Newsletter.


Common Dreams, Inc. Founded 1997. Registered 501(c3) Non-Profit | Privacy Policy
Common Dreams Logo