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Newly-inaugurated Iranian President Raisi will pursue restoration of the JCPOA, aiming to lift sanctions on Iran. Former President Rouhani stressed the importance of preserving the deal in his outgoing cabinet speech, but Supreme Leader Khamenei cautioned the challenges of engaging with the West.
Iranian president-elect Raisi has expressed support for restoring the JCPOA, but talks remain stalled as his advisors review the progress made during the first six rounds of negotiations. The IAEA's temporary monitoring arrangement with Iran remains in limbo, and the agency's multi-year probe into Iran's possible undeclared nuclear activities continues.
Iran's enriched uranium stockpile continues to grow, according to one of two new IAEA reports. The second details Iran's slow cooperation with the agency's investigation into its pre-2003 nuclear activities. In Vienna, diplomats remain entrenched in discussions toward restoring the nuclear deal.
Members of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran are making progress toward restoring the nuclear agreement, as the United States and Iran both appear committed to returning to compliance with the accord. Negotiations have not been without hiccups, and an act of sabotage on Iran's Natanz facility threatened to derail talks. Iran celebrated its National Nuclear Day April 10.
The United States and Iran remain at a standstill over a mutual return to the JCPOA. As Iran continues to ratchet up its nuclear activities in violation of the deal, members of Congress have sought to undermine the Biden administration's return to diplomacy.