USA does not take the first step: Biden rejects Iran's condition for nuclear deal

USA does not take the first step
Biden rejects Iran's condition for nuclear deal

Iran is demanding that the US lift its sanctions against the country before the nuclear deal can be renegotiated. The then US President Trump had unilaterally canceled it. His successor Biden rejects Iran's advance, even if it is about more than just the nuclear deal.

US President Joe Biden rejects Iran's demand that the sanctions against the Islamic Republic be lifted first as a condition for renegotiating the nuclear treaty. When asked whether he would take the first step to lift the punitive measures, the President replied "No" on a video on CBS News. Previously, Iran had asked the US to take the first step in reviving the nuclear treaty.

Iran's spiritual and political head Ayatollah Ali Khamenei will only stick to the agreement once the US has lifted all sanctions against the country, according to state television. "That is the irrevocable and final decision."

Biden's predecessor Donald Trump unilaterally terminated the nuclear treaty concluded in 2015 between the USA, Russia, China, Great Britain, France and Germany with the Islamic Republic in 2018. Iran had committed itself to international controls of its nuclear facilities. In return, the group of states suspended sanctions. This was to ensure that Iran does not develop nuclear weapons. Trump put the sanctions back into force. As a result, Iran no longer adhered to all the details of the agreement.

In the CBS interview, Biden was also asked if Iran should stop uranium enrichment first before renegotiating. In the video, Biden nods. However, it remained open what the US president meant by that, because according to the 2015 nuclear treaty, Iran is allowed to enrich uranium within certain limits. From a certain concentration on, enriched uranium is suitable for nuclear weapons. The conflict between Iran is not just about the nuclear program. Western states also criticize the development of launch vehicles and the striving for supremacy in the region, for example through involvement in the civil wars in Syria and Yemen.