US House Majority Whip James Clyburn (L) speaks to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. March 29, 2022

US House Majority Whip James Clyburn (L) speaks to House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. March 29, 2022

Senior Democrat Says Biden Will Continue Iran Talks As Long As Deal Possible

4/1/2022

The Biden administration will continue talks with Iran for as long as they think a deal is possible, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told Iran International Friday.

The Democratic Majority Leader in the House of Representatives added, “They believe this way, and the president is articulating that limiting the capacity of Iran producing nuclear weapon is a critically important objective. So, I think they would continue the talks as long as they think it's a possibility to get to an agreement.”

President Joe Biden launched indirect talks with Iran and other world powers one year ago to revive the 2015 nuclear agreement, abandoned by his predecessor in 2018. The talks have neared a conclusion, diplomats have said, but some sensitive issues remain to be agreed.

The key issue is Iran’s insistence that the United States should remove its Revolutionary Guard from its Foreign Terrorist Organization list. The Biden administration has not said whether it would reach a compromise with Tehran, but many politicians from both parties oppose such a move.

“IRGC is a terrorist organization. And I'm for continuing it being designated as a terrorist organization. I'm also in favor of dealing in this agreement with the non-nuclear malign activity pursued by the Iranians to destabilize the Middle East,” Hoyer told Iran International's Arash Aalaei.

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