Raab and counterparts urge Iran's 'full compliance' with nuclear deal
Feb 19 2021
The U.S. has not participated in a meeting of those participants since former President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal in 2018, deeming it lopsided and unfair.
Britain, France and Germany, known as the E3, and the United States called on Iran not to take any additional steps "with respect to the suspension of the Additional Protocol and to any limitations on IAEA verification activities in Iran".
On Thursday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian will host his German and British counterparts in Paris, with America's new top diplomat Antony Blinken joining via videoconference, the French foreign ministry said.
"The E3 and the United States affirmed their shared objective of Iran's return to full compliance with its commitments under the JCPOA", the statement said.
As it signaled a desire to meet with Iranian officials, the Biden administration also lifted Trump-era restrictions on the movement of Iranian diplomats in NY and formally rescinded a Trump administration effort to restore United Nations sanctions on Iran.
The Biden administration moves represent the first significant, if small, steps toward restoring diplomacy on the 2015 Iran nuclear deal sealed during the Obama administration, in which Iran's nuclear program was restricted in exchange for sanctions relief. "They are playing with fire", he says.
This would involve Washington revoking Trump's 2018 withdrawal and green-lighting an Iranian request for an emergency International Monetary Fund loan, while Iran freezes "the most problematic aspects" of its nuclear programme, he said.
In the hopes of finding a "mutually agreeable solution", the International Atomic Energy Agency said that Director General Rafael Grossi will visit Tehran on Saturday for discussions with senior Iranian officials. The US goal would be "to discuss a diplomatic way forward on Iran's nuclear program", said Ned Price, a State Department spokesman.
"Iran should reverse the steps and refrain from taking others that would impact the IAEA assurances on which not only the United States, not only our allies and partners in the region, but the entire world relies", he said, adding that Blinken saw an "important role" for the EU. Last month, Tehran announced that it had begun enriching uranium to a purity level of 20%, which is five times the limit set by the JCPoA.
Talking about Iran's resilience in the face of the "maximum pressure" policy of the Trump administration, Rouhani said, "The enemy brought all of its pressure and suspended our sale of oil".
The chancellor also said that "now was the time for positive signals that create trust and increase the chances of a diplomatic solution", he added.
In this picture released by the official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks during a meeting with army's air force and air defense staff in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021.
"There is a short window of time to limit the damage that could ensue from Iran's next steps, for example by reducing the impact of such moves on the quality of inspections by global monitors", Geranmayeh said.
It's also reversed the Trump administration's determination that all U.N. sanctions against Iran had been restored and eased stringent restrictions on the domestic U.S.travel of Iranian diplomats posted to the United Nations.