News ID: 280412
Published: 0302 GMT February 06, 2021

US, European partners pledge to work together on Iran nuclear deal

US, European partners pledge to work together on Iran nuclear deal

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, along with French, German and British foreign ministers, on Friday discussed Iran as they seek to revive the Iran nuclear deal.

"Productive discussion with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, and UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab today on COVID, Iran, Burma, and other pressing issues," Blinken tweeted on Friday.

The virtual meeting was their first since US President Joe Biden's inauguration last month, DW reported.

Raab said in a statement following the meeting that the trio and the US discussed how a united approach could address their “shared concerns” about Iran.

Le Drian said the four diplomats held an "in-depth and important conversation on Iran to handle together” the nuclear deal and regional security challenges.

The Biden administration has expressed willingness to reenter the 2015 Iran deal from which his predecessor Donald Trump withdrew in May 2018 and reimposed sanctions on Iran.

The nuclear deal – known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – was signed between Iran and the US, Germany, France, Britain, Russia and China and ratified in the form of UN Security Council Resolution 2231.

The fate of the JCPOA is now hanging in the balance after the European signatories failed to counter the sanctions as required by the agreement, prompting Tehran to suspend parts of its commitments in retaliation.

The JCPOA caused tension between the United States and Europe. Shortly before Trump announced the US would leave the deal, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote an opinion piece in The New York Times urging Trump to stay in the agreement, with Johnson calling withdrawal "a mistake”.


US working in ‘lockstep’ with Europeans

On Friday, US State Department spokesman Ned Price declined to comment on the substance of Blinken’s virtual meeting with his British, French and German counterparts but said Washington wanted "to make sure that we are working in lockstep with our European partners" on Iran, Press TV reported.

Robert Malley, new US special envoy for Iran, said on Tuesday that Washington seeks to remove the so-called "maximum pressure" campaign against the Islamic Republic.

Malley told the Italian daily newspaper Corriere della Sera that conferring on a broader agreement would be on the agenda only after returning to JCPOA.

The US envoy also said that the Biden government will remove the maximum pressure on Iran.

Iran has rejected talks about other issues including its missile power and regional influence. 



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