Reviving diplomacy, Biden seeks Iran talks after rejoining deal

03 Décembre, 2020, 05:53 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
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In an interview with New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, published on Wednesday, Biden pushed back against the proposal of keeping sanctions against Iran's oil sector to gain leverage over broader geopolitical issues with Tehran.

Parliament on Sunday demanded a halt to worldwide inspections of nuclear sites in the country, a step that could prove a fatal blow to the nuclear deal the Islamic republic agreed with world powers in 2015.

Iranian lawmakers have approved a bill that urges the government to step up its nuclear program in response to the killing of the top Iranian nuclear scientist.

The JCPOA was abandoned by the Donald Trump administration but U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has said he wants to rejoin the deal, which the European Union has tried to preserve.

"There's now more pressure on (President Hassan) Rouhani's government to secure a USA return to the JCPOA (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) quickly", tweeted Ariane Tabatabai, a Middle East researcher at the German Marshall Fund and Columbia University.

While Yadlin emphasized that the harm to Iran's "covert weaponization program [was] huge", he qualified that the damage could not be precisely measured "since nobody knows exactly the scope and depth and what the Iranians are doing".

The sanctions were imposed after Washington quit the pact between Tehran and six world powers in 2018.

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That plan has not been successful: While Iran was believed to be following the terms of the deal before the United States withdrew, it later threatened to resume enriching uranium.

The Islamic republic has always denied it is seeking such weaponry.

On Friday, the U.S. introduced sanctions on entities in China and Russian Federation that were facilitating Iran's missile program.

Iranian officials pray over the coffin of top nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh during his funeral in Tehran on Monday, in this picture provided by the country's defence ministry.

The Iranian government suspected that the assassination was performed by Israel's Mossad intelligence agency.

Israel and Saudi Arabia have repeatedly insisted Iran must not be allowed to acquire an atomic weapon. That does not seem likely, given Biden's and Blinken's open pledge to support and protect Israel without imposing any limitations, which is ironic because at the same time they have no qualm about using various pressure leverages vis-a-vis Iran to change its policies. "They're going to assume that we [the US] either collaborated with it or at a minimum were witting of the Israeli actions".

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