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Iran rejects EU offer to negotiate nuclear deal with US


Tehran rejected the EU’s proposal to hold an informal meeting with the United States on a return to compliance with the terms of the nuclear deal.

Mahmoud Hosseini, Tasnim News Agency
Mahmoud Hosseini, Tasnim News Agency
On Monday night, March 1, the Iranian Foreign Ministry issued a statement saying that Washington's lifting of sanctions was a prerequisite for starting such talks. According to an Iranian foreign ministry spokesman, new US President Joe Biden is continuing the policy of his predecessor Donald Trump by applying maximum pressure on Tehran.

Commenting on Iran's refusal to negotiate, the White House said it was disappointed by the response, but remained ready to seek diplomatic avenues that would allow a return to mutual compliance with the nuclear deal. The issue is expected to be discussed soon at the UN Security Council, involving the US and other veto-wielding countries as well as Germany.

On 19 February, White House spokeswoman warned that the US has no intention of easing the sanctions regime against Tehran to resume talks with Iran on its nuclear programme.

Brussels proposed in February 2021 that Washington and Tehran meet and discuss the terms of the nuclear agreement. Earlier, on 20 January, Joe Biden signalled his willingness to negotiate on the subject.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was signed by Iran, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany in 2015. The agreement implied that Tehran would not produce or acquire plutonium or uranium metal for 15 years. Ending Iran's attempts to build its own nuclear weapons was encouraged by the lifting of international and national sanctions against the country.

In 2018, then US President Donald Trump announced a unilateral withdrawal from the JCPOA, a renewal and tightening of economic sanctions. In response, Tehran also began, step by step, to renege on its commitments under the atomic agreement.

source: dw.de