US President Joseph Biden is ready to negotiate with Tehran on the Iranian nuclear program, his National Security Assistant Jake Sullivan said in an interview with CBS.
“The US President is ready to sit down at the negotiating table with Iran to discuss how we can return to restrictions on the Iranian nuclear program. This proposal is valid,” Sullivan said.
At the same time, he noted that Washington intends to contain Iran in the issue of obtaining nuclear weapons. “The US President believes diligent, shrewd diplomacy is the best way to do this,” the aide added.
Earlier, the news agency Bloomberg reported, citing its sources, that the Biden administration is currently considering several options to ease the financial situation of Iran without lifting the sanctions. However, many experts believe that “the easing of sanctions is not far off.”
Earlier on February 21, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that “the United States has not yet changed its policy.”
“Biden claims that Trump’s policy of maximum pressure turned out to be a policy of maximum failure. However, they did not change their policy. The problem is that the United States is addicted to sanctions … We need action, not promises. We want to see a change in behavior so as not to the lawlessness was repeated, as under Donald Trump, “the Press TV channel quoted the statement of the Iranian Foreign Minister.
According to Zarif, Tehran intends to seek guarantees that the United States does not intend to withdraw from the Iranian nuclear deal in the future, and also noted that there will be no negotiations on amending the nuclear deal and Iran’s missile program.
The United States in May 2018 withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), concluded after many years of efforts in Vienna in July 2015 by the countries of the Six (Great Britain, Germany, China, Russia, USA, France) and Iran. Exactly one year after the US withdrawal, Tehran announced that it was starting a phased reduction of its obligations under the JCPOA. At the end of 2020, the Iranian side announced that it would begin enriching uranium to 20 percent (instead of 3.67 percent specified in the JCPOA). Also, starting February 23, 2021, Tehran intends to limit the IAEA’s inspection activities on its territory.