The United States will not return to the Iranian nuclear deal until Tehran meets its commitments, Foreign Secretary Antony Blinken said on Wednesday, warning of a long road to the review.
On his first full day as a senior US diplomat, Blinken confirmed President Joe Biden’s willingness to revert to the deal that his predecessor had abandoned, but rejected Iranian pressure that the United States act first.
“Iran is non-compliant in many ways. And it would be some time to be compliant again and time for us to assess whether it is meeting its commitments.” Blinken told a press conference.
“We’re not here yet, to say the least.”
Former President Donald Trump emerged from a 2015 nuclear deal negotiated under former President Barack Obama and has instead imposed criminal sentences.
Iran responded by reducing compliance with what is officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which was promised economic relief for major restrictions under its controversial nuclear program.
“President Biden has made it very clear that the United States would do the same if Iran were to fully honor its obligations under the JCPOA,” said Blinken.
However, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has called for the United States to comply first by ending Trump sanctions, which include sweeping efforts to end Tehran’s main oil export.
Iranian officials fear that the United States – in which Trump’s Republican Party, which is a narrowly minority in Congress, strongly opposes the nuclear deal – will not receive sanctions relief even if Tehran takes action.
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