Tensions between the US and Iran have been excessive ever since former US president Donald Trump in 2018 withdrew from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and imposed harsh sanctions in opposition to Iran. US President Joe Biden’s administration has pledged to return to the nuclear settlement so long as Iran returns to compliance.
No US officers have been involved with Iranian officers because the Biden administration got here into energy final month, State Department spokesperson Ned Price stated on Tuesday.
“The answer is no,” Price stated when requested if any State Department officers have been involved with Iranian officers since January 20.
Price additionally famous that it’s nonetheless too early to contemplate Iran’s proposal to revive the nuclear deal, including that “we are a long way from that.”
Blinken additionally said within the interview that Iran was months away from growing a nuclear bomb.
Also on Monday, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif urged prime EU overseas envoy Josep Borrell to mediate the revival of the beleaguered 2015 nuclear deal between the US and Iran.
“The United States needs to come back into compliance and Iran will be ready – immediately – to respond,” Zarif told CNN. “The timing is not the issue. The issue is whether the United States, whether the new administration, wants to follow the old failed policies of the Trump administration or not.”
“Iran doesn’t search a nuclear weapon. If we needed to construct a nuclear weapon, we may have executed it a while in the past, however we determined that nuclear weapons wouldn’t increase our safety and are in contradiction to our ideological views,” Zarif stated.
In 2018, the United States unilaterally withdrew from the deal and reimposed sanctions on Iran. Tehran responded by steadily abandoning its personal commitments. This previous December, the Iranian authorities handed a regulation aimed toward attaining a full elimination of sanctions through a increase of nuclear actions, particularly by growing the degrees of uranium enrichment and limiting the entry of the International Atomic Energy Agency to its amenities.