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17 January 2024 - 14:10
Big mistake to tear up Iran nuclear deal: Blinken

The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says that Washington's withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal was a big mistake.

Blinken made the remarks while speaking on the second day of the Davos 2024 Summit in Switzerland.

This was a “big mistake”, Blinken replied to a question about Donald Trump’s decision to tear up the Iran nuclear deal in 2018.

The Guardian quoted him as saying that the US is now in a place where it does not have the agreement it needs.

It is deeply unfortunate, he added.

The JCPOA was signed in 2015 between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany. Former US President Donald Trump illegally pulled out of the deal in 2018 while the current US President, Joe Biden, has signaled that he is ready to resurrect the agreement.

Russia, the UK, Germany, China, the US, and France have been in talks with Iran since April 2021 to reinstate the deal.

The talks to salvage the JCPOA kicked off in the Austrian capital of Vienna in April 2021, with the intention of examining Washington’s seriousness in rejoining the deal and removing anti-Iran sanctions.

The negotiations have been at a standstill since August due to Washington’s insistence on its hard-nosed position of not removing all the sanctions that were slapped on the Islamic Republic by the previous US administration. Iran maintains it is necessary for the other side to offer some guarantees that it will remain committed to any agreement that is reached.

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