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The United States and Iran took steps to de-escalate tensions over the past few weeks, but it is unclear if the progress will lead to a resumption of talks over Iran’s advancing nuclear program. Meanwhile, the E3 will keep in place certain sanctions on Iran and the IAEA states current safeguards issues remain unresolved.
The space for negotiations between Washington and Tehran over Iran's advancing nuclear program may be opening up after U.S. and Iranian officials expressed support for reaching an agreement and Iran took limited steps to increase monitoring of its nuclear program.
Iran agreed to additional monitoring of its nuclear program and to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) investigation into past activities that Tehran should have declared to the agency. The March 4 agreement between Iran and the IAEA came the agency reported an expansion of Iran's proliferation sensitive activities.
Negotiations to restore the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran remain stalled as Tehran ratchets up its nuclear program. Protests in Iran and Tehran's sale of drones to Russia further diminish the likelihood of the United States, Iran and the P4+1 reaching an agreement to restore the nuclear accord.
The International Atomic Energy Agency's Board of Governors passed a resolution censuring Iran for failing to cooperate with the agency's investigation into its past activities. The IAEA also reported that Iran's nuclear program continues to grow as prospects to restore the 2015 nuclear deal diminish.