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Nuclear talks won’t stop US from responding to Iran

Negotiations with Iran to restore the 2015 nuclear deal have been on hold since the US left in 2018. The ongoing talks are not an obstacle to reacting to the current protests in Iran, says the US government.

Iranian-Americans are also demonstrating in the United States on September 25 to support the protests in Iran.

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According to its own statements, the nuclear negotiations with Iran are not preventing the American government from reacting clearly to the violent suppression of protests critical of the regime in the country. “The fact that we are negotiating with Iran over its nuclear program in no way affects our willingness and our vehemence to speak out about what is happening on the streets of Iran,” said President Joe Biden’s National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan , the broadcaster CBS News on Sunday. The United States had taken “concrete steps” to sanction the moral police and make it easier for Iranians to access the Internet.

In Iran, during ongoing protests against the Islamic system of rule and the systematic discrimination against women, thousands of people took to the streets at the weekend – according to media reports, 41 people were killed and many injured. According to eyewitnesses in Tehran, the willingness to use violence is increasing sharply, both on the part of the security forces and among the demonstrators. The trigger is the death of 22-year-old Iranian Mahsa Amini, who was arrested by the vice squad for violating the strict Islamic dress code.

The US, Russia, China, France and the UK are negotiating with Iran to restore the 2015 nuclear deal designed to prevent the country from building a nuclear bomb. It has been on hold since the United States left in 2018. The aim of the ongoing talks is to lift US sanctions against Iran and restrict Tehran’s nuclear program again. Recently, the dispute seemed deadlocked again. The negotiations would “in no way stop the US from speaking out against the brutal oppression of Iranian citizens and women,” Sullivan said.

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