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Iran to issue seven demands to Biden before re-entering nuclear deal talks

The Iran nuclear deal was agreed in 2015 between Iran, the United States, China, Russia, Britain, France, and Germany.

The first condition is reportedly that Iran will not accept partial sanctions alleviation, as Tehran considers the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to be indivisible. The deal suffered a major blow in 2018 after former US President Donald Trump withdrew his country from the deal and slapped sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

He cautioned that any efforts from Washington to extract additional concessions would ultimately end in failure.

The deal also known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was signed in 2015 between Iran, the United States, China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany fell apart after former U.S. president Donald Trump pulled the USA out of the deal in 2018 as part of his administration's "maximum pressure" policy on Iran.

Even before his election a year ago, Biden openly expressed his desire for the United States to rejoin the accord, while Israel has said that a return to the deal must include new restrictions on Iran's ballistic missile program and alleged support for terror activity internationally.

The deal offered sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on Tehran's nuclear ambitions and guarantees it would not seek an atomic bomb. In 2018, former President Donald Trump withdrew the United States signature from the deal and introduced harsh sanctions against the nation, claiming that Tehran was not in compliance with its terms, despite worldwide observers and the European Union claiming that Tehran was acting in full accordance with the treaty. The Sky News Arabia network reported yesterday that an official in Washington said that the new administration is expected to launch an initiative for starting direct dialogue with Tehran via European mediators, while consulting with the allies of the U.S. in the Middle East, especially Israel and the Gulf states.

While Blinken confirmed Biden's desire for Washington to return to the nuclear agreement, both sides have said the other must return to full compliance before the accord is implemented again.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, whose country has failed to fulfill its promises following the United States withdrawal from the JCPOA, also called on Iran to immediately comply with its obligations under the agreement.

However, there is renewed optimism that relations between the two countries may be repaired under the Biden administration.

Earlier in the month, Iran launched 20-percent uranium enrichment process as part of Iran's Strategic Action Plan to Counter Sanctions which was approved by the parliament in December 2020.

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