Biden Is Looking To Rejoin The Iran Nuclear Deal
The United States on Thursday said it was ready to talk to Iran about both nations returning to a 2015 agreement that aimed to prevent Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons, seeking to revive a deal that the Trump administration abandoned nearly three years ago when it criticized the regime’s use of its citizen’s wealth to fund terrorist activities in the region instead of helping the Iranian people.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken stressed President Joe Biden’s position that Washington would only return to the accord, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), if Tehran came into full compliance with the deal.
Blinken announced the decision during a video meeting with the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany—a group known as the E3—who were gathered in Paris.
“If Iran comes back into strict compliance with its commitments under the JCPOA, the United States will do the same and is prepared to engage in discussions with Iran toward that end,” a joint statement from the four nations said.
Iran admitted publicly to breaching the deal in 2019, about a year after former U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew and reimposed U.S. economic sanctions. The Trump administration said the sanctions were not for regime change, but to address the destabilizing behavior of Iran’s rulers, who they accused of being the world’s biggest funders of terrorism. The regime had already been struggling with mass economic protests since late 2017 from locals demanding their leaders share the country’s wealth and address the people’s needs.
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