According to the Media, Anthony Blanken said in a statement that Iran’s actions threaten the possible restoration of the 2015 six-party nuclear deal.
He added that the only consequence of Iran’s choice of such a path would be a further escalation of the nuclear crisis and further economic and political isolation for Iran.
Earlier, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) called for the restoration of a landmark agreement to remove 27 cameras used by the UN nuclear watchdog to monitor Tehran’s activities. Negotiations could be a catastrophic blow to
The original agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was intended to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.
The deal ended in 2018 when then-US President Donald Trump dramatically distanced himself from it and imposed sharp economic sanctions on Iran.
As a result, Tehran violated the terms of its nuclear program.
Since taking office in January 2021, US President Joe Biden has sought to restore the agreement by offering to lift sanctions on Iran if Tehran agreed to monitor its nuclear development program.
Instead of addressing the IAEA’s concerns, Blanken said Iran’s response was to threaten further nuclear provocations, further undermining surveillance and transparency.
“Such measures would be detrimental and would further complicate our efforts for full implementation of the JCPOA,” he said.
The US Secretary of State stressed that the basic points and demands for the restoration of the JPCOA have been on the table since March, but Iran is blocking the resumption of the agreement through additional, irrelevant demands.
One of the Iranian demands for the resumption of the agreement is that the United States remove the status of an official terrorist group from the country’s powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.
The Biden administration has denied the allegations in a statement issued Friday stating “Similar, baseless allegations concerning JPCOA have been made more than once.