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    It was one of the US president’s priorities: to return to the Iran nuclear deal. Without lifting the sanctions, the United States opened the door to discussions. VS‘is a game of “who will take the first step”. This Thursday, the United States eased off, advanced it but without putting it completely on the ground. Joe Biden has made the Iranian issue one of his foreign policy priorities. Recently arrived at the White House, the American president wants to see all parties return to the nuclear deal. This text aims to control Iran’s nuclear program (and therefore prevent it from acquiring nuclear weapons) by removing the economic sanctions that hit the country.
    After a virtual meeting of the heads of French, British, German and American diplomacy, Washington announced that it had accepted an invitation from the European Union to talks in the presence of Tehran to relaunch the 2015 agreement undermined by Donald Trump. “The United States accepts an invitation from the High Representative of the European Union to a meeting of the P5 + 1 (a group bringing together the United States, Germany, China, France, United Kingdom and Russia) and from Iran to discuss how best to move forward regarding Iran’s nuclear program, “the State Department said. A little earlier, the four Western powers had affirmed in a joint statement their objective of “seeing Iran return to full respect of its commitments” provided for by the 2015 agreement, in order to “preserve the nuclear non-proliferation regime. and ensure that Iran can never acquire a nuclear weapon. “ The press release...
    IRAN has ruled out the possibility of talks with President Joe Biden over the nuclear deal unless the US "corrects its path" and lifts sanctions. Iranian leaders have refused to negotiate with Biden unless the United States honours its commitments under the 2015 pact, according to reports. 8Iran's President Hassan Rouhani welcomed the end of 'tyrant' Trump’s eraCredit: AP:Associated Press 8President Joe Biden has confirmed the US will rejoin the deal if Tehran resumes strict complianceCredit: Reuters The Iran nuclear deal, which includes restrictions on the country's nuclear work, was meant to restrict Iran to developing a peaceful nuclear capability in return for sanctions being lifted. But it was torn up by former President Donald Trump in 2018, who reinstated US nuclear sanctions on the Iranian regime.  Trump argued the deal was one-sided and didn’t cover Iran’s ballistic missile development or its destabilising behaviour in the Middle East. Biden has...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden took office at a moment of global crisis, and tensions with Iran are among his most pressing foreign-policy challenges. After four years of nonstop hostility between Washington and Tehran, the first weeks of his presidency could determine the level of danger moving forward. Ellie GeranmayehEsfandyar Batmanghelidj President Donald Trump famously yanked the US out of the 2015 nuclear deal despite the fact that Iran was abiding by its terms, and European allies fiercely opposed the move. He ordered the killing of a top Iranian general and sustained a "maximum pressure" campaign of unparalleled financial sanctions against Iran. Soon after his election loss to Biden, Trump reportedly asked advisers for options to strike Iran militarily. That Trump's presidency concluded without open US-Iran conflict may be lucky for everyone. Biden has stated an intent to rejoin the nuclear deal, while also signaling he hopes a more expansive agreement...
    WASHINGTON — Iran has no plans to hold talks with the Biden administration and is waiting for the new U.S. president to take the first step to lift sanctions and return the U.S. to the 2015 multinational nuclear agreement, Tehran’s U.N. ambassador told NBC News on Monday. In his first interview since President Joe Biden was sworn in last week, Amb. Majid Takht Ravanchi told NBC’s Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel that Iran has not spoken to the new administration yet. “No, there has not been any conversation between Iran and the U.S. after Biden came into office,” Ravanchi said. Asked if there were plans to open up a direct dialogue with Washington or indirect communication through an intermediary, perhaps via the Swiss government, Ravanchi said, “We are not planning to initiate anything.” The Swiss foreign ministry handles any official U.S. communication with Iran, because Washington has no embassy in...
    More On: iran How media monetized polarization and other commentary Twitter waits 17 hours before doing something about post threatening Trump World leaders express hope for new Biden administration Iranian missiles land just 100 miles from Navy ships: report President Biden is eager to reengage with Iran and return to the nuclear deal. Yet the murderous regime has no interest in changing its ways. It is boosting its nuclear-weapon development and its network of deadly militias across the Middle East in its continued drive for hegemony. Biden said during the campaign he’d rejoin the nuclear deal “as a starting point for follow-on negotiations” if “Iran returns to strict compliance,” working “to strengthen and extend the nuclear deal’s provisions, while also addressing other issues of concern,” such as Iran’s ballistic-missile program, human-rights abuses and “destabilizing activity.” That was always naïve, and Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister, confirmed it...
    IRAN’S president has told Joe Biden that the “ball is in your court” over the nuclear deal. Hassan Rouhani’s comments come as the Islamic Republic staged huge war games and US nuclear bombers flew over the Middle East. 20Hassan Rouhani promised to fully respect the 2015 nuclear dealCredit: Getty Images - Getty 20Joe Biden has said the US will rejoin the nuclear pact with IranCredit: Rex Features Biden has said the United States will rejoin the pact, which includes restrictions on Iran’s nuclear work, if Tehran resumes strict compliance. The Iran nuclear deal was meant to restrict Iran to developing a peaceful nuclear capability in return for sanctions being lifted. But it was torn up by President Donald Trump in 2018, who argued it was one-sided and didn’t cover Iran’s ballistic missile development or its destabilising behaviour in the Middle East. In a televised cabinet meeting, Rouhani welcomed the end...
    Rafael Grossi, director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said Monday that the Iran nuclear deal should be fully restored within a matter of “weeks” or else Iran, which has aggressively violated the deal over the past few years, will soon begin processing weapons-grade uranium. Iranian officials stressed they are unwilling to renegotiate any portion of the deal, although they suggested they might add a few non-negotiable demands, such as eliminating all future risks of “snapback” sanctions. Grossi made his comments at the Reuters Next virtual forum Monday in response to a question about Iran’s announcement that it will begin enriching uranium to 20 percent fissile strength — a level far beyond any civilian energy need, and the last theoretical stop before weapons-grade enrichment begins. “It’s not for me to say what to do, but it’s clear that we don’t have many months ahead of us, but rather...
    (CNN)Outgoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's barrage of tweets on Friday was inaccurate and insensitive. In fact, they were incredibly undiplomatic for our nation's supposed chief diplomat. Samantha Vinograd Pompeo's claim that "we're so much safer today than four years ago" as Americans are dying daily by the thousands from Covid-19, while we are under cyberattack, as tensions with Iran are rising -- and so much more -- is beyond false and tone deaf. For Pompeo to write that his foreign policy approach was defined by humility while tweeting out his supposed greatest accomplishments is cringe-worthy. As Pompeo tries to manufacture a personal legacy that does not track with reality -- perhaps to lay the groundwork for a presidential run in 2024 -- his tweets expose a brutal reality confronting President-elect Joe Biden after his January 20 inauguration: American national security has been degraded across the board under President Donald...
    More from: The assassination of Iran’s top nuclear scientist counts as a rare piece of good news from the mad mullahs’ gulag. It eliminates a key player in the bid to get nuclear weapons and creates a safer world. The event is being celebrated by the Trump administration, which has been relentless in bringing Iran to its knees. Israel, which likely carried out the bold hit, is delighted by the demise of a man whose weapons threatened to wipe the Jewish state off the map. Also cheering are the Sunni Arab nations whose governments are targeted by Iran. In short, the death of Moshen Fakhrizadeh is an unmitigated good thing to millions upon millions of innocent people. Yet to read The New York Times or listen to Joe Biden, the death is a bad thing because it complicates Biden’s plan to persuade Iran to rejoin the nuclear pact that...
    U.S. President-elect Joe Biden speaks to the media after receiving a briefing from the transition COVID-19 advisory board on November 09, 2020 at the Queen Theater in Wilmington, Delaware. Mr. Biden spoke about how his administration would respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Joe Raedle/Getty Images The assassination of a top Iranian nuclear scientist was designed to derail President-elect Joe Biden’s plans to return to the 2015 nuclear deal, according to experts and former US diplomats. One top expert on the Middle East told Insider that the assassination “fits with Israeli long-standing policy of targeting Iranian nuclear scientists.” A former US diplomat told Insider there are “are ample reasons to suspect US involvement” in last Friday’s attack, citing President Donald Trump’s opposition to the Iran nuclear deal. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. The assassination of an Iranian nuclear...
    Protesters gather in Tehran on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020, a day after the killing of the Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh. (Arash Khamooshi/The New York Times) WASHINGTON — The assassination of the scientist who led Iran’s pursuit of a nuclear weapon for the past two decades threatens to cripple President-elect Joe Biden’s effort to revive the Iran nuclear deal before he can even begin his diplomacy with Tehran. And that may well have been a main goal of the operation. Intelligence officials say there is little doubt that Israel was behind the killing — it had all the hallmarks of a precisely timed operation by Mossad, the country’s spy agency. And the Israelis have done nothing to dispel that view. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has long identified Iran as an existential threat and named the assassinated scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, as national enemy No. 1, capable of building a weapon...
    WILMINGTON, DE - NOVEMBER 19: President-elect Joe Biden answers a reporter question after he delivered remarks at the Queen in Wilmington, Delaware on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. (Photo by Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images)The Washington Post | The Washington Post | Getty Images DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — President-elect Joe Biden made it clear during his campaign that his administration would favor a return to the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal, reversing a cornerstone of President Donald Trump's foreign policy in the Middle East.  But after three years of "maximum pressure" under Trump's sanctions and dramatically deepened distrust between Tehran and Washington, that may be a lot further off than it sounds. "No matter how desperate a Biden administration may be for a deal, it will be Iran's response that will matter more," Behnam Ben Taleblu, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told CNBC shortly...
    Iran has fired up advanced uranium centrifuges installed at its underground Natanz site a day after it emerged Donald Trump asked for options on attacking the facility. Tehran is pumping nuclear fuel into high-tech IR-2m machines at Natanz, in contravention of an international deal to only use first generation IR-1 machines, a UN report revealed today. Trump held an Oval Office meeting last week where he was 'talked out of' launching strikes on Iran after a previous UN report showed a massive increase in nuclear stockpiles in breach of the Obama-era pact which Trump abandoned in 2018. Defence sources told The New York Times that Trump asked for options on a bombardment - likely to have targeted Iran's foremost nuclear facility, Natanz.  Last week's report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) showed an interlinked cluster of IR-2ms had been moved underground into Natanz. But significantly, that report said no fuel...
    A view of a damage building after a fire broke out at the Natanz Nuclear Facility in Isfahan, Iran, on July 2. Reuters An important Iranian nuclear facility was damaged in a fire on Thursday that appears to have been the result of sabotage. A previously unknown group calling itself the Homeland Cheetahs, apparently a dissident group, claimed responsibility for the incident. The incident, which happened at Iran’s largest uranium-enrichment facility, occurred amid historic tensions between Washington and Tehran over Iran’s nuclear program.   Visit BusinessInsider.com for more stories. An Iranian nuclear facility appears to have been the target of sabotage, and a previously unknown self-declared dissident group calling itself the Homeland Cheetahs claimed responsibility, The New York Times and BBC News reported on Thursday. A fire on Thursday dealt extensive damage to a building at the nuclear complex at...
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