Secretary of State Blinken wants the United States to revert to the deal and negotiate more, as Iran says the deal is non-negotiable.
The Biden administration will revert to the Iran nuclear deal on condition that Tehran returns to compliance, then negotiate a “Longer and stronger” okay, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in an interview with NBC News.
During the interview, recorded on Sunday, Blinken said Iran was months away from developing enough nuclear material to create a bomb, in “weeks” if Iran continues to lift restrictions in place. by the 2015 agreement.
Iran began lifting the restrictions after the former government of President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal in 2018, a move widely criticized.
the Agreement with Iran was signed on July 14, 2015 by a group of six countries called the P5 + 1 – China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany, and the European Union.
He agreed to lift the sanctions imposed on Iran, giving it better access to the world economy, in exchange for measures blocking the development of nuclear weapons by Iran.
Washington would consider issues that were not on the table during negotiations surrounding the 2015 deal with Iran, Blinken said, including the release of US prisoners held by Iran.
“Regardless of… any deal, these Americans must be released. Period, ”he said, adding,“ We’re going to focus on making sure they get home one way or another. “
Iran has said he will not renegotiate the deal and blame the United States for its unilateral withdrawal.
“The nuclear deal is an international multilateral agreement ratified by UN Security Council resolution 2231, which is non-negotiable and the parties to it are clear and immutable,” the spokesperson said on Saturday. from Iranian Foreign Ministry Saeed Khatibzadeh, quoted by state media.
Blinken also discussed possible new sanctions against North Korea and Russia, which jailed main opposition politician Alexey Navalny and thousands of demonstrators demonstrating for his release, amid disputes with the United States.
Blinken did not commit to specific sanctions against Moscow as he reviewed the current situation involving Navalny, Russian election interference, the SolarWinds hack, and alleged bounties against US soldiers in Afghanistan.
Blinken said he was open to sanctions against North Korea, which has remained a nuclear power firmly seen as a destabilizing force in the region, as well as other possible actions against Russia as the administration Biden is continuing his foreign policy review, Blinken said.