Targeted by new American sanctions, Iran has accused the United States of Joe Biden of carrying out the same “failed” policy as Donald Trump while negotiations to revive the Vienna agreements are at a standstill.
Iran criticized the United States on August 2 after it announced new sanctions against Iranian oil the day before, promising to respond to these measures, while the talks between the two countries on the Iranian nuclear are in progress. stopped for months.
The Biden administration “continues to take sterile and destructive initiatives, even as efforts are underway to resume negotiations to revive the Iran nuclear deal,” the Foreign Ministry spokesman said. foreigners, Nasser Kanani, in a press release.
Washington announced on August 1 punitive measures against “six entities facilitating illicit transactions related to Iranian oil”, according to a statement from US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
No progress on the relaunch of the Vienna agreements
The talks started in Vienna between Iran and several major powers (Germany, China, United States, France, United Kingdom, Russia) to revive the international Iranian nuclear agreement of 2015 have been stalled since March, after more than a year of discussions.
On July 26, the head of European diplomacy and coordinator for the Iranian nuclear dossier, Josep Borrell, submitted a draft compromise and called on the parties involved in the talks to accept it in order to avoid a “dangerous crisis”.
Nasser Kanani has accused the Biden administration of “continuing and even expanding” the “failed” policies of his predecessor, Donald Trump.
In early 2021, Democratic President Joe Biden bet on rapid negotiations to resuscitate the 2015 agreement, from which the United States withdrew under the reign of his Republican predecessor, Donald Trump. Washington then reimposed sanctions, after which Tehran gradually freed itself from its obligations.
Iran promises ‘firm and immediate’ response
The Islamic Republic’s “response” to these sanctions will be “firm and immediate”, and Iran will “take all necessary measures to neutralize [ses] possible negative effects” on “the country’s trade”, promised Nasser Kanani.
On August 1, Iran showed itself to be “optimistic” about a resumption of discussions on nuclear power after examining the draft compromise submitted by Josep Borrell.
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