Ex-CIA Operative on Iran Nuclear Deal Talks: US ‘in Mistrust-and-Verify Situation With’ Tehran


The US administration is now making efforts to re-enter the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which was unilaterally abandoned by Washington in May 2018.

Daniel Hoffman, former chief of station with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), has voiced concern over the ongoing nuclear talks between the US and Iran on “Sunday Morning Futures”, warning that diplomacy may finally fail given the Biden administration’s current stance on the matter.

The talks come as part of the Vienna negotiations to bring Washington and Tehran back into compliance with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), that was unilaterally abandoned by the White House in 2018. The Vienna talks are being conducted by representatives of Russia, China, the UK, France, Iran, and Germany.

He accused Iran of concealing elements of its nuclear programme, which Washington argued aims to obtain an atomic weapon, but that Iran insists is for peaceful purposes only.

He spoke a few days after Iran rejected US accusations that Tehran had a role in attacks against American military bases in Iraq late last month, which were followed by US retaliatory strikes on the facilities of Iranian-backed militants – Kata’ib Hezbollah (KH) and Kata’ib Sayyid al-Shuhada (KSS) – in the Syrian-Iraqi border region.

This followed White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki saying that the Biden administration is “looking forward” to seeing the direction of the ongoing

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