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US formally offers to restart nuclear negotiations with Iran


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During his tenure, Trump withdrew the United States from the nuclear deal and instead imposed sweeping sanctions to corner Iran. It remains to be seen whether Iran will also be willing to sit at the table with the United States.

Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State, at a press conference earlier this month.
Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State, at a press conference earlier this month.Evan VucciAP
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The Government of the President of the United States, Joe Biden, has formally offered restart nuclear negotiations with Iran, reported this Thursday the television network CNN and the newspaper The New York Times.

According to the newspaper, which cited a statement from the State Department, the Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, He spoke with European foreign ministers and noted that the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, from which former President Donald Trump withdrew the US, “was a key achievement of multilateral diplomacy.”

The United States assured this Thursday that it was willing to meet with Irn and he renounced former President Donald Trump’s claims to impose new sanctions on him at the UN, which is an opening to promote nuclear diplomacy.

Hours after the head of American diplomacy, Antony Blinken, spoke with his European counterparts, Washington welcomed the proposal to convene talks with all countries that were part of the nuclear deal with Iran in 2015.

The Director of Foreign Policy of the European Union (EU), Enrique Mora, He later proposed via Twitter an informal meeting of all participants, stating that the nuclear deal was at a “critical moment” before the weekend’s deadline for Iran to restrict some UN nuclear inspections.

“The United States will accept an invitation from the High Representative of the European Union to attend a meeting of the P5 + 1 (Washington, Russia, China, United Kingdom, France and Germany) and Iran to discuss a diplomatic track on the Iranian nuclear program “, said State Department spokesman Ned Price.

During his tenure, Trump withdrew the United States from the nuclear deal and instead imposed sweeping sanctions to corner Iran.

But the new American president, Joe Biden, support the return to diplomacy, arguing that the 2015 agreement was effective in reducing Tehern’s nuclear program.

Remains to be seen if Iran will also be willing to sit at the table with the United States.

Iran has insisted that the United States lift sanctions first before fully complying with the 2015 agreement, reversing the steps it took to protest Trump’s measures.

On Thursday, the Biden administration said it would no longer push for new sanctions against Iran at the United Nations.

In a letter, US Ambassador to the UN Richard Mills said the sanctions that were supposed to be reinstated in August “continue to be eliminated.”

The former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo He had argued that the United States was still technically a participant in the 2015 accord and that it would trigger UN sanctions for its violations.

But even close allies of the United States dismissed the argument, and the United Nations said such additional sanctions had not gone into effect.

The Biden administration also announced Thursday that it will relax the draconian movement restrictions imposed by the Trump administration on Iraqi diplomats accredited to the United Nations headquarters in New York.

“The idea is to take steps to remove unnecessary obstacles to multilateral diplomacy amending limitations on internal travel that have been extremely restrictive, “a State Department official told reporters.

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