Background Briefing: April 6, 2021
Today’s Opening Talks Through Intermediaries Between the U.S. and Iran
We begin with today’s first talks between Iran and the U.S. in Vienna conducted through Russian, Chinese and European intermediaries which resulted in an agreement to create two working groups, one to deal with reviving the nuclear deal and the other to deal with sanctions. Dr. Trita Parsi, the Executive Vice President of the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft and author of Losing an Enemy: Obama, Iran and the Triumph of Diplomacy, joins us to discuss his article at the Quincy Institute, “For true JCPOA re-entry, Biden must tear down this sanctions wall.” With Iran now only a few months away from having the bomb, there is an urgency among the Europeans, Russians and Chinese to avert a new war in the Middle East but Biden’s efforts have been booby-trapped by Trump and he will have to find a way to undo 1,600 extra sanctions imposed by Trump under the guise of terrorism. Meanwhile there is an undeclared war going on between Iran and Israel with attacks on tankers shipping oil to Syria and hundreds of airstrikes against Iranian military infrastructure in Syria which could drag the U.S. back into another quagmire after having wasted $6 trillion in losing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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