An American general announced that relations between his country and Iran are going through a “phase of opportunity” after the inauguration of President Joe Biden, while a senior Iranian official called on Washington to return to the nuclear agreement completely.
US Central Command Commander Kenneth McKinsey said Iran had told its proxies in Iraq and the region that the time was not right to provoke war.
The general expressed his conviction that Tehran is redrawing political calculations after the rise of the new US administration, to deal with any potential change.
On the Afghan issue, the commander of the US Central Command said that he had not yet received any new orders from the Biden administration.
The Iranian position
For his part, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that the decision of the United States to participate in the next meeting of the Joint Committee of the Nuclear Agreement in March is up to it alone.
Khatibzadeh added that the United States should fully return to the nuclear agreement so that Tehran backs down from steps to reduce compliance with the nuclear agreement.
In response to the statement of a German official regarding Iran’s role in the failure to implement the European financial mechanism, Khatibzadeh said that his country will not forget that some European countries have not implemented their obligations, considering that they have a last chance to return to abide by their commitments.
Guarantees and bonuses
It is noteworthy that Iran, China, the United States, France, the United Kingdom, Russia and Germany signed in 2015 a joint comprehensive action plan in Vienna, in order to settle the nuclear file.
The agreement included Iran easing the international sanctions imposed on it in exchange for significantly reducing its nuclear program, and providing guarantees that it did not intend to develop a nuclear bomb.
But former US President Donald Trump withdrew from the agreement in 2018 and reimposed harsh sanctions on Tehran.
Biden considered that his predecessor’s policy towards Iran was a failure, and expressed his intention to return his country to the agreement, but he stipulated that Iran return to its obligations. At a time when the latter is demanding that the United States first lift all the sanctions that target it and that all of its commitments be respected.