US Says It's Ready to Join Talks to Resume Iran Nuclear Deal

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She said Washington should move in political and practical terms to show Iran that the Biden administration "is distancing itself from Trump-era maximum pressure".

"The United States would accept an invitation from the European Union High Representative to attend a meeting of the P5+1 and Iran to discuss a diplomatic way forward on Iran's nuclear program", State Department spokesperson Ned Price said.

Iran has informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that it will stop implementing "voluntary transparency measures" under the 2015 nuclear deal.

President Hassan Rouhani made some fresh comments today as the public battle between the United States and Iran heats up over which country will take the first step in salvaging the nuclear deal.

However, the Iranian presidency said Rouhani in the call "criticised Europe's performance" on its JCPOA commitments after the USA withdrawal.

During Donald Trump's campaign for president, he repeatedly disparaged the Iran nuclear deal, as the JCPOA is known.

The diplomats pointed to "the risky nature of a decision to limit IAEA access", and urged Iran "to consider the consequences of such grave action, particularly at this time of renewed diplomatic opportunity".

New fears were sparked last week following warnings from the United Nations nuclear watchdog that Iran had started producing uranium metal in a new violation of the JCPOA accord. The head of the IAEA is scheduled to travel to Iran this weekend to find a solution that allows the agency to continue inspections. Iran's supreme leader said the USA must lift all sanctions if it wants Iran to return to its commitments to the nuclear deal with Western powers.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said earlier that Iran's recent steps were endangering the prospect of the USA returning to the deal, warning that Iran was "playing with fire".

They said Iran's decision to produce uranium enriched up to 20% and uranium metal has "no credible" civilian use.

But Iran has stepped up its nuclear work in violation of the accord after U.S. sanctions were reimposed as part of Trump's "maximum pressure" policy to weaken the Iranian regime.

On Thursday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the Biden administration would reenter talks about the JCPOA with Iran and the other nations that negotiated the original agreement.

The US unilaterally quit the JCPOA in 2018 and imposed sanctions against Tehran, prompting the latter to announce that it will gradually abandon its obligations under the deal, first of all, those regarding levels of uranium enrichment.

"Remove the cause if you fear the effect", Zarif wrote on Twitter.

Iran's threats are "very worrying", British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said, stressing the need "to re-engage diplomatically in order to restrain Iran, but also bring it back into compliance".

Iran has set a deadline of next week for Biden to begin reversing sanctions imposed by former president Trump, or it will ban short-notice nuclear inspections.

The diplomats also expressed concern about human rights violations in Iran and its ballistic missile program.

The administration of Joe Biden has said it is prepared to rejoin the deal and start lifting sanctions if Iran returns to full compliance, a precondition disputed by Tehran.

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