Nuclear deal: America gave relief on sanctions on Iran’s nuclear program, Trump government had ended exemption

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US President Joe Biden has eased sanctions for Iran’s nuclear program. The State Department official said the resumption of exemptions terminated by the Donald Trump administration in 2020 would be necessary to ensure Iran’s prompt compliance.

US President Joe Biden has eased sanctions for Iran’s nuclear program. The State Department official said that the resumption of the waivers terminated by the Donald Trump administration in 2020 will be necessary to ensure Iran’s prompt compliance. A new agreement on controlling Tehran’s nuclear program could be negotiated in Vienna. State Department official said,

It has been signed to exempt Iran from a number of sanctions related to its civilian nuclear activities. This exemption was abolished by the administration of former US President Donald Trump.

The US official said the exemptions are intended to entice Iran to comply with the 2015 accord, which it has been violating since then. When Trump withdrew from the deal in 2018 and reimposed US sanctions on Iran. The US official said that it is important to garner support for a return to the agreement. He denied that he was giving any concessions to Iran. Officials said that exemptions are necessary for other parties to include Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the European Union in negotiations. The US official said that, we have not given Iran sanctions relief. We will not do this until we return to our commitments under Iran’s Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Iran says it is not respecting the terms of the agreement because the US had previously withdrew from it. Iran has demanded the resumption of all sanctions relief. However, officials proposed direct talks between Washington and Tehran to focus on the most difficult issues separating the two sides. “If there is no final agreement, the waiver is important to discuss the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, in the interest of the whole world,” the official said. The official stressed that the move was not part of a vendetta, as participants in the JCPOA talks await Iran’s response on key issues.

Significantly, as presidential candidate, Joe Biden prioritized America’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal, and his administration worked toward that goal. However, little progress has been made in that direction since Joe Biden took office a year ago. Officials said the waiver was being reinstated to help move the Vienna negotiations forward.