Iran Offers to Reverse Its Nuclear Deal Violations if Sanctions Are Lifted

Iran Offers to Reverse Its Nuclear Deal Violations if Sanctions Are Lifted

The United States has said it would accept a European invitation to engage in direct talks with Iran to revive the 2015 nuclear deal.

Earlier in the day, Blinken and his counterparts from Germany, France and the United Kingdom issued a joint statement scolding Iran for threatening to bar U.N. inspectors from its territory.

Iran is "playing with fire", German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas cautioned.

In the letter, Mills stressed that the sanctions measures annulled by UNSC Resolution 2231 endorsing the 2015 Iran deal, but restored by Trump in September 2020 "remain terminated".

"Israel remains committed to preventing Iran from getting nuclear weapons and its position on the nuclear agreement has not changed", the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement.

In an initial move aimed at reviving the Iran nuclear deal, the Biden administration Thursday said it was willing to join talks with Tehran and other world leaders that sponsored the landmark agreement.

In advance of the USA announcement, the Biden administration on Thursday withdrew Trump's invocation of the "snapback sanctions" at the United Nations. Washington, in turn, has called on Iran to return to compliance with its commitments under the agreement, which it backed away from in response to Trump's move. They endanger the Americans' path back into this agreement.

"The irony is that the Trump administration so fundamentally failed to convince the rest of the Security Council of its case, there isn't actually that much damage to undo", said Richard Gowan, a United Nations expert at the International Crisis Group.

"Iran believes their position is reasonable".

Iran has set a deadline of next week for Biden to begin reversing sanctions imposed by former president Trump, or it will ban short-notice nuclear inspections. Iran waited an entire year to see if the European signatories to the deal could salvage it.

Maariv quoted sources close to Gantz and Ashkenazi as saying: "Ben-Shabbat has no background in the Iranian issue and has never addressed this issue", adding that he does not understand English and is not in contact with senior officials in the Biden administration.

It warned that Teheran's end to snap IAEA inspections would have "a serious impact on the IAEA's verification and monitoring activities in the country".

In Washington, State Department spokesman Ned Price said that Iran should provide "full and timely cooperation" with the IAEA.

The US on Wednesday urged Teheran to reverse and refrain from taking steps that will harm its pledges under the accord.

Iran's ultimatum inspired the latest diplomatic activity and may have accelerated the USA opening.

But Iran has stepped up its nuclear work in violation of the accord after U.S. sanctions were reimposed as part of Trump's "maximum pressure" policy to weaken the Iranian regime.

Mikhail Ulyanov, Russia's ambassador to global organizations in Vienna including the worldwide Atomic Energy Agency, called on the US and Iran to act in unison to return to the nuclear accord and to avoid an unnecessary standoff. "The Trump administration created leverage for President Biden on Iran - we should not squander that progress".

Some Iranian hardliners said Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's tough stance had forced Washington to cave in.

At the same time, officials said the administration has eased extremely strict limits on the travel of Iranian diplomats accredited to the United Nations.

Highlighting the urgency of a diplomatic solution to the stand-off, German Chancellor Angela Merkel had a rare phone call with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in which she urged Teheran to take steps ensuring its return to full compliance.

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