The United States and Iran have agreed to begin indirect talks on returning to 2015’s Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran nuclear deal, the U.S. State Department said in a statement.

This news comes about three years after the Trump administration withdrew from the nuclear accord. The Biden administration has been trumpeting for talks with Tehran since before the November election, but at first, Iran was stalling.

The negotiations will begin in Vienna next week. They will include bringing the Iranians back into compliance regarding nuclear enrichment and the easing of economic sanctions that the U.S. imposed after the Trump administration left the JCPOA in 2018, Ned Price, a State Department spokesman said.

“We have agreed to participate in talks with our European, Russian and Chinese partners to identify the issues involved in a mutual return to compliance,” Price said. “These remain early days, and we don’t anticipate an immediate breakthrough as there will be difficult discussions ahead. But we believe this is a healthy step forward.”

“We do not anticipate presently that there will be direct talks between the United States and Iran through this process, though the United States remains open to them,” he added.

The agreement was negotiated between Iran and the P5+1 which include the five permanent members of the UN Security Council — the United States, Britain, France, China, and Russia — plus Germany.

The other JCPOA signatories said last week that the participants “emphasized their commitment to preserving the JCPOA and discussed modalities to ensure the return to its full and effective implementation,” in a statement after their virtual meeting.

However, back in January, French President Emmanuel Macron had thrown a curve at the potential talks when he said that any new negotiations should include Saudi Arabia. His comments drew a heated response from Iran.