Washington (Associated Press)-The Biden administration welcomed participants in the EU’s announcement of the Iran nuclear deal on Thursday Will meet this week to discuss whether the United States may return to the 2015 agreement.
On Friday, officials from the United Kingdom, China, France, Germany, Russia and Iran held a virtual meeting as the United States is exploring a deal to rejoin former President Donald Trump withdrawing in 2018. The State Council expressed appreciation for the meeting and said it would observe it. Closely watched by U.S. officials.
Spokesperson Ned Price said: “Obviously, we are very happy that this is a positive step, precisely because we have been preparing for several weeks, because we are ready to resume compliance with our ( The nuclear agreement) promises to be the same with Iran.”
The European Union said earlier on Thursday that Enrique Mora, one of its top diplomats, will chair the meeting. It said: “Participants will discuss the prospects of the United States’ possible return to the (nuclear agreement) and how to ensure that the parties fully and effectively implement the agreement.
President Joe Biden has stated that if Iran re-complies with the agreement, the United States will return to it. So far, unless the United States lifts the sanctions imposed by Trump on it, Iran has refused to accept this proposal. Iran has rejected the meeting proposed by the European Union including the United States. The proposal is in response to a statement issued by the Biden administration that will accept invitations to participate in such dialogues.
At the same time, the State Department said it has extended the exemption period to allow Iraq to continue to purchase electricity from Iran without being sanctioned by the United States. Punishment. The waiver was renewed for 120 days, which added a shorter extension that became commonplace during the Trump administration.
Price said that the extension of the contract was approved because Iraq has made progress in developing its own power generation to reduce its dependence on external energy sources. Price said that U.S. and Iraqi officials will soon resume their strategic dialogue and put energy first. Washington hopes that “it will eventually allow Iraq to develop its energy self-sufficiency, and we hope to end our dependence on Iran.”
He said: “In the meantime, it is appropriate to extend the sanctions exemption until the agreement and development of the Iraqi energy sector can be fully realized and implemented.” Price added that the United States believes that the four-month extension is sufficient for Iraq to “take Meaningful actions to promote energy self-sufficiency and reduce dependence on expensive Iranian energy.”
The Trump administration only reluctantly approved such extensions because they run counter to its “maximum pressure” campaign on Iran. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been granting exemptions, but has reduced the duration of exemptions to force Iraq to get rid of Iran’s electricity.