State Department on Defense Over Iran Talks After Nuclear Negotiator Quits

Following reports that a member of its negotiating team quit the administration last week over opposition to the Biden administration’s concessions to Iran, the State Department is defending its ongoing diplomacy with Tehran.

Richard Nephew served as the deputy special envoy for Iran before leaving that post on Dec. 6 “due to a sincere difference of opinion concerning policy,” according to a Tuesday tweet by Nephew announcing his departure from the administration. He briefly continued to work at the State Department after leaving the Iran team last year.