The US wants a face-to - face prisoner meeting with Iran.
The US wants a face-to - face meeting with Iran to negotiate releases of prisoners and wants the UN Security Council to place an unprecedented weapons embargo on the Islamic Republic, a senior US diplomat said Tuesday. The two adversaries differ on several topics, including the decision taken two years ago by US President Donald Trump to abandon the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement in which Tehran restricted its nuclear program in exchange for relief from economic sanctions. Since then, Trump has reinstated US sanctions that have choked Iran's oil exports, the key source of revenue for the country, while Iran has accelerated its nuclear programme. Washington believes Iran may seek a nuclear weapon, something Tehran denies. Despite the tensions, the two sides reached an agreement in which Iran released a U.S. Navy veteran who had been detained since 2018 on June 4, and the U.S. allowed a physician from Iran to visit Iran. U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook, speaking at a virtual event hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations, said he hoped for further prisoner exchanges and talks on a wide range of issues. Ever after the Trump administration scrapped the nuclear agreement, Tehran has been hesitant to negotiate with Washington, insisting that the United States return. "We would love to have a meeting in person to have a consular dialogue, so we can move faster than we have," said Hook.