Iran Must Comply with Nuclear Treaty Before U.S. Returns to Pact

The Iranian government must comply to the terms of the 2015 nuclear treaty with other world powers before the United States returns to the pact, a French presidency official said on Jan. 26.

The official, who spoke in anonymity, said that Iran should end provocations and respect the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which limits its nuclear plans, if the Middle Eastern country expects the U.S. to return to the deal.

“If they are serious about negotiations and if they want to obtain a new commitment from all the participants in the JCPOA, they first need to refrain from further provocations and second, respect what they no longer respect, that’s to say their obligations,” the official said.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out from the pact in 2018, but current President Joe Biden has indicated that the U.S. will rejoin if Iran strictly complies to the terms.

However, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov expressed the opposite, saying that he hoped that the U.S. “returns to full compliance with the corresponding Security Council resolution, creating conditions for Iran to meet its obligations under the nuclear deal,” after meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif.

Zarif said that his country “will return to the full implementation of our obligations” under the nuclear deal if the U.S. lifts the sanctions against Iran.

Meanwhile, Israeli Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Aviv Kohavi warned that if the U.S. returned to the deal, it would be “a wrong thing” to do.

“Strategically, it would presumably lead to the regional nuclearization of the Middle East. For that reason, anything resembling the current agreement is bad and must not be permitted,” Kohavi said in remarks at an annual conference at Tel Aviv University.


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