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Biden says Iran should return to negotiating desk earlier than U.S. lifts sanctions


U.S. President-elect Joe Biden attends a briefing to ship remarks on the U.S. response to the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) outbreak, at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, December 29, 2020.

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WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden stated the US won’t supply sanctions aid as a strategy to entice Iran again to the negotiating desk over the nation’s nuclear program.

Biden, in an interview with CBS, indicated that Iran must cease enriching uranium earlier than his administration would raise sanctions. The interview airs in full Sunday night.

When requested if the U.S. would raise sanctions to get Iran again to the negotiating desk, Biden stated “no.”

Tensions between Washington and Tehran have mounted following former President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the landmark nuclear agreement.

The 2015 Joint Complete Plan of Motion, brokered by the Obama administration, lifted sanctions on Iran that had crippled its financial system and minimize its oil exports roughly in half. In trade for sanctions aid, Iran accepted limits on its nuclear program till the phrases expire in 2025.

The U.S. and its European allies consider Iran has ambitions to develop a nuclear bomb. Tehran has denied that allegation.

Trump withdrew the US from the JCPOA in 2018, calling it the “worst deal ever”

Following Washington’s exit from the landmark nuclear deal, different signatories of the pact ⁠— France, Germany, the U.Ok., Russia and China ⁠— tried to maintain the settlement alive. 

Tehran has refused to barter whereas U.S. sanctions stay in place.

Iran’s Supreme Chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei reiterated on Sunday that Tehran would solely return to compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal when Washington lifts sanctions, Iranian state TV reported.

“Iran has fulfilled all its obligations underneath the deal, not the US and the three European international locations … If they need Iran to return to its commitments, the US should in follow … raise all sanctions,” state TV quoted Khamenei as saying.

“Then, after verifying whether or not all sanctions have been lifted appropriately, we’ll return to full compliance,” he reportedly added.

Standoff with Iran

Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s president, pauses while talking throughout a information convention in Tehran, Iran, on Monday, Oct. 14, 2019.

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Washington’s strained relationship with Tehran took a number of turns underneath the Trump administration that pushed the adversaries to the brink of struggle.

Final 12 months, the U.S. carried out an airstrike that killed Qasem Soleimani, Iran’s high army commander.

Soleimani’s loss of life led the regime to additional reduce compliance with the worldwide nuclear pact. In January, Iran stated it would no longer limit its uranium enrichment capacity or nuclear research.

In October, the US unilaterally reimposed U.N. sanctions on Tehran by a snapback course of, which different U.N. Safety Council members have beforehand stated Washington doesn’t have the authority to execute as a result of it withdrew from the nuclear deal in 2018.

A month later, a top Iranian nuclear scientist was assassinated close to Tehran, which led Iran’s authorities to allege that Israel was behind the assault with U.S. backing.

Outstanding Iranian scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh is seen in Iran, on this undated photograph.

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In the course of the summer time of 2019, a string of assaults within the Persian Gulf additional contributed to the deteriorating relationship.

In June, U.S. officers stated an Iranian surface-to-air missile shot down an American army surveillance drone over the Strait of Hormuz. Iran stated the plane was over its territory.

That strike got here every week after the U.S. blamed Iran for assaults on two oil tankers within the Persian Gulf area and after 4 tankers had been attacked in Might.

The U.S. that June slapped new sanctions on Iranian army leaders blamed for taking pictures down the drone. The measures additionally aimed to dam monetary sources for Khamenei.

Tensions soared once more in September of final 12 months when the U.S. blamed Iran for strikes in Saudi Arabia on the world’s largest crude processing plant and oil discipline.

That assault compelled the dominion to chop its manufacturing operations in half and triggered the biggest spike in crude costs in a long time and renewed issues of a brand new struggle within the Center East. Iran maintains that it was not behind the assaults.