“We intend to very directly communicate with the Iranians about the complete and utter outrage — the humanitarian catastrophe that is the unjust, unlawful detention of American citizens in Iran,” Sullivan told CBS News.
“We have begun to communicate with the Iranians on this issue, yes, and we will continue to do so as we go forward,” he said. “It will be a significant priority of this administration to get those Americans safely back home.”
The Biden administration said last week that the US is willing to sit down for talks with Tehran and other signatories to the Iran nuclear deal. “The United States would accept an invitation from the European Union High Representative to attend a meeting of the P5+1 and Iran to discuss a diplomatic way forward on Iran’s nuclear program,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in a statement.
The P5+1 refers to the permanent members of the UN Security Council — China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States — and Germany.