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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken Wants to Keep Sanctions on Iran

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken wants to keep sanctions on Iran “until Iran changes its behaviour”.

 

Even if the US and Iran reach a compromise on the deal over Tehran’s nuclear activities, Washington will keep “hundreds of sanctions.” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said this on Tuesday.

If ongoing indirect negotiations lead to an agreement, “our responsibility will be to lift sanctions that are inconsistent with the nuclear deal,” Blinken said in Congress. But the US administration “will resolutely maintain sanctions that do not contradict them, and that target much pernicious behaviour by Iran in a wide range of domains.”

“I foresee that, even if we return to respecting the deal, hundreds of sanctions will remain in place, including sanctions introduced by the Trump administration, even if they do not contradict the agreement. They will remain in effect until Iran changes its behaviour,” the head of US diplomacy said.

In 2015, Iran reached an agreement in Vienna with the major powers (US, China, UK, France and Germany) regarding its nuclear activities. In exchange for its – strictly supervised – commitment not to develop an atomic bomb, Tehran enjoyed a lifting of punitive measures.

In 2018, President Donald Trump withdrew his country from the deal he deemed inadequate. He renewed and toughened US sanctions while Tehran began to exceed the imposed limits.

The new president Joe Biden wants to rejoin the agreement if Iran returns to the restrictions agreed in 2015.

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