Ready for talks with Iran to revive nuclear deal, says US

Ready for talks with Iran to revive nuclear deal, says US

Ready for talks with Iran to revive nuclear deal, says US

By / USA News / Saturday, 20 February 2021 05:05
Washington 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 Washington itself abandoned nearly three years ago. The move reflects the change in the US administration, with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stressing President Joe Biden’s position that Washington would return to the accord formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) if Tehran came into full compliance with the deal. Iran began breaching the deal in 2019, about a year after former US President Donald Trump withdrew and reimposed US economic sanctions, and has accelerated its breaches in recent months. A US official said Washington would respond positively to any European Union invitation to talks between Iran and the six major powers who negotiated the original agreement Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the US. Responding to the four nations’ statement, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Washington should make the first move. “Instead of sophistry & putting onus on Iran, E3/EU must abide by own commitments & demand an end to Trump’s legacy of #EconomicTerrorism against Iran,” Zarif said in a tweet. “Our remedial measures are a response to US/E3 violations. Remove the cause if you fear the effect,” he continued. Meanwhile, several top US Republican lawmakers have introduced more than 12 Bills in the Congress to counter the growing Chinese influence in the country and to protect America’s critical infrastructure. The relations between the US and China are at an all-time low. Separately, Senator Rick Scott reintroduced the Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act, sponsored by Congressman Guy Reschenthaler in the House of Representatives, to protect Taiwan from Communist China’s growing aggression.

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