Biden eyes swift new Iran talks after nuclear deal return: report
Biden, in an interview with the paper, said "it's going to be hard," but if Iran returned to compliance with the nuclear deal, the United States would rejoin the agreement as a starting point for follow-on negotiations.
Iran would also have to address its regional activities through proxies in Lebanon, Iraq, Syria and Yemen in the talks that Biden team has suggested could include its Arab neighbors like Saudi Arabia, the Times said.
Biden, who defeated Trump at the ballot box last month, said during campaigning that he intends to offer Iran a "credible path back to diplomacy".
"There's a lot of talk about precision missiles and all range of other things that are destabilizing the region," Biden told the Times.
But, he added, "the best way to achieve getting some stability in the region" was to deal "with the nuclear program."
"In consultation with our allies and partners, we're going to engage in negotiations and follow-on agreements to tighten and lengthen Iran's nuclear constraints, as well as address the missile program," he told the Times.
Biden said that the United States always had the option to snap back international sanctions if need be, and that Iran knew that.
In response to Trump's withdrawal, the Islamic republic has retaliated by rolling back most of its key commitments to the accord.
Iran's government has offered a cautious welcome to Biden's victory, but conservatives have accused it of yielding to what they say is an "illusion" of a change by the "Great Satan" of America.