| 21 February 2024, Wednesday |

U.S. accepts EU invitation for talks with Iran

The White House affirmed that the US administration accepted a European invitation to mediate in dialogue with Iran, according to Reuters.

The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, informed the UK, France and Germany that the United States is ready to negotiate with Iran about jointly abiding by the nuclear deal signed in 2015, which aims to prevent Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon.

Reuters also quoted a French Diplomatic Source reporting that the United States sent messages about its willingness to negotiate with Iran during the upcoming meeting of the “5 + 1” group.

Iran began violating the terms of the Nuclear Deal in 2019 in response to the US withdrawal from it during the era of former President Donald Trump, and is on a disagreement with the Biden Administration when it comes to who will respect its regulations first.

On Thursday, the White House announced that Iran is not willing to abide by the Nuclear Deal.

This statement falls on a time when UK, France and Germany welcomed, in a statement, Washington’s intention to return to the diplomatic track with Tehran, expressing concern towards recent Iranian Nuclear Violations.

Observers believe that Tehran is making use of the deal violations to urge other parties- France, Germany, UK, Russia and China – to compensate US sanctions that were re-imposed after the US withdrawal from the Deal in 2018.

One should note that the Iranian Government, according to a law adopted in December by Iran’s Consultative Assembly, controlled by conservatives, shall reduce the activity of IAEA Inspectors in the event where sanctions imposed on Iran are not lifted.

In previous statements, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mohammad Djavad Zarif, affirmed that February 21 is the due date fixed by the Law before taking this step.

Germany warns: Iran “playing with fire.”

In this regard, and in light of the Iranian Escalation, Germany condemned Tehran’s actions, saying that it is “playing with fire” and does not seem willing to stop.

Germany also stressed this Thursday evening, that the recent Iranian measures disrupt  Washington’s return to the Nuclear Deal.

  • Sawt Beirut International