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Raab and counterparts urge Iran's 'full compliance' with nuclear deal

Raab and counterparts urge Iran's 'full compliance' with nuclear deal”

The top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Michael McCaul (Tex.), criticized the Biden administration's moves, calling them "concessions in an apparent attempt to re-enter the flawed Iran deal".

A joint statement released by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) said the European countries, known as the E3, welcomed Washington's intention to return to diplomacy with Tehran.

European powers and the United States have warned Iran it would be "dangerous" to carry out a threatened limit to UN nuclear agency inspections, warning such a move risked wrecking an opportunity to revive a landmark 2015 deal on its atomic drive.

The former U.S. president withdrew the United States of America from the JCPoA in May 2018.

According to a summary of the conversation provided by Michel's office, he expressed concern over Iran's "departure" from its commitments under the nuclear deal but also stressed "the European Union will continue to deploy efforts to facilitate the full implementation of the JCPOA and the return of the United States of America to the agreement" - an acknowledgment that it was Trump who unilaterally abandoned the accord in 2018 and reimposed economic sanctions on Iran.

Following talks with British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, and German Heiko Maas, regarding Iran, Blinken held separate consultations with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Chinese FM Wang Yi.

Analysts say only a small window of opportunity remains to save the deal as Tehran ramps up its nuclear work in retaliation against the reimposition of sanctions that followed the USA walkout.

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The western diplomat revealed that the USA envoy to Iran Rob Malley discussed a multilateral framework with a number of Russian and Chinese officials, because "there is a strong desire from Russia and China to see a return to the full implementation by all sides" of the JCPOA. Director General Grossi has offered to travel to Iran in order to find a mutually agreeable solution for the Agency to continue essential verification work.

They said Iran's decision to produce uranium enriched up to 20% and uranium metal has "no credible" civilian use.

The previous administration then piled sanctions on various sectors of the Iranian economy as part of its maximum pressure campaign.

He tweeted: "Instead of sophistry and putting onus on Iran, E3/EU must abide by own commitments and demand an end to Trump's legacy of economic terrorism against Iran".

"Remove the cause if you fear the effect", Zarif wrote on Twitter.

The US unilaterally quit the JCPOA in 2018 and imposed sanctions against Tehran, prompting the latter to announce that it will gradually abandon its obligations under the deal, first of all, those regarding levels of uranium enrichment. In 2018, he upheld a promise to withdraw the United States from the agreement and reimpose sanctions on Iran. Besides overcoming disagreements over the sequencing of an agreement, the United States also intends to lengthen and strengthen the deal to restrain Iran's ballistic missile program and curb its support for proxy militias across the Middle East. Iran opposed such terms during its negotiations with the Obama administration.

The administration of Joe Biden has said it is prepared to rejoin the deal and start lifting sanctions if Iran returns to full compliance, a precondition disputed by Tehran.



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