New York Correspondent
The government of Joe Biden it has brought the US back to the negotiating table with Iran. Your secretary of state, Antony Blink, participated in a telematic meeting with his counterparts from the United Kingdom, France and Germany in which he assured that the Biden Administration would accept an invitation from the European Union to discuss the recovery of the nuclear agreement reached with the Iranian regime in 2015 and that was shipwrecked during the presidency of Donald Trump.
The Spanish Enrique Mora, deputy secretary general for political affairs of the European External Action Service, assured on his Twitter account that the 2015 nuclear agreement between the P5 + 1 (USA, Russia, China, United Kingdom, France and Germany) and Iran is «at a critical moment“That” intense conversations between all participants and the US are taking place. ” and that he was “ready” to invite them to an “informal meeting to discuss next steps.”
The #JCPOA at a critical moment. Intense talks with all participants and the US. I am ready to invite them to an informal meeting to discuss the way forward.
– Enrique Mora (@enriquemora_) February 18, 2021
From Washington, the main spokesman for the State Department, Ned Price, assured that the Biden Administration welcomed the proposal. “USA. will accept the invitation of the High Representative of the European Union (also Spanish Josep Borrell) to participate in a meeting with the P5 + 1 and Iran to discuss a diplomatic path from now on regarding Iran’s nuclear program.
The original agreement, signed in the final stretch of the presidency of Barack Obama -with Biden as vice president-, established that Iran would dispose of 97% of its nuclear fuel, limit its production capacity in such a way that it would take at least a year to manufacture a nuclear weapon and would be subject to periodic inspection by international agents. In return, foreign powers – the United States. included – they would lift the sanctions regime against the economy of the Islamic country.
In his rise to power, Trump called him the “worst deal ever»And, as soon as he arrived at the White House, he denounced that Tehran did not comply with it and recovered the economic sanctions.
It is unclear whether Iran will show the same willingness to join the negotiating table. Like the whiting that bites its tail, Washington and Tehran accuse each other of breaching the agreement first and that will be the first obstacle to leave behind to recover the negotiations.
During the campaign, Biden assured that his Administration would withdraw the sanctions if Iran complied with the agreement as it did until 2019. But Tehran believes that the US violated the agreement before and that it will have to lift the sanctions so that they also comply.
In a message on Twitter, Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javd ZarifHe said he depended on Americans and Europeans “ending Trump’s legacy of economic terrorism against Iran.”
Following Blinken’s meeting with its European counterparts, the group issued a statement in which it defended that the new “opportunity” that opens up to refloat the agreement and affirmed its “shared goal“That Iran” returns to full compliance with its commitments “for the US to do the same.
Another of the participants in the agreement, Russia, demanded that the United States and Iran approach positions to recover the agreement. “Children’s disputes about who should take the first step are totally counterproductive,” he said. Mikhail Ulyanov, Russia’s ambassador to international organizations in Vienna, including the International Atomic Energy Agency, which oversees the agreement. “The process must be carefully timed.”
A decisive moment for the resumption of talks will be this weekend: on Sunday, February 21, the deadline established by Iran will be met by which it will not allow the entry of international inspectors and the production of enriched uranium will increase if the US does not lift sanctions and return to the agreement.
Two senior officials from the US State Department who appeared before journalists assured that, together with their European partners, they demanded that Iran don’t comply with that threat to get back to negotiations.
As a gesture of goodwill, Washington will reopen the entrance to Iranian diplomats so that they can go to the United Nations headquarters in New York and has withdrawn the requirement the international community to comply with the sanctions regime on Tehran.
“All this is not in itself an advance,” defended one of the top US diplomats. “Until we sit down to negotiate, nothing will happen».
The reopening of the diplomatic channel with Iran has not been well received, as expected, by the Republicans in the US “It is worrying that the Biden Administration is already making concessions in an apparent attempt to recover the disastrous agreement with Iran” , criticized the deputy Michael McCaul, the highest-ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “We need to secure a better deal that keeps Americans safe from the wide range of evil threats from Iran.”
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism