Iran hopes for resumption of nuclear talks with Joe Biden

President Hassan Rohani asked, Sunday, November 8, after the announcement of the Democratic candidate's victory in Washington, to “take this opportunity to correct past mistakes.” The Iranian head of state invited the future American administration to “To return to the path of adhering to international commitments and respect for international law.” An allusion to Donald Trump's unilateral exit in May 2018 from the agreement on Tehran's nuclear issue severely limiting its atomic activities, signed in 2015 with the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia and China, to prevent the country from developing a nuclear weapon.

During his election campaign, Joe Biden has already announced his intention to offer Iran "a credible path back to diplomacy" with a view to reintegrating the United States into the nuclear deal, without giving more details."What we know about Joe Biden is that he will work closely with Europe to return to the nuclear deal," said Ariane Tabatabai, Middle East specialist at the Alliance for Securing Democracy within from the German Marshall Fund.

Since the American exit from the agreement, the Europeans have tried to convince Iran to respect its commitments, by trying to set up the Instex structure (acronym for "instrument of support for trade"), to continue to trade.with Tehran despite US sanctions.But apart from a first transaction involving medical equipment in March, Instex has been a failure.Iran has already freed itself from many of its commitments, including the limit of the stock of enriched uranium and its degree of purity, well above the levels allowed by the agreement, according to reports from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).These high levels of enrichment raise concerns that Iran may uses its uranium for military purposes.

Posted Date: 2020-11-23

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