Biden administration revives Iran nuclear deal, urges Tehran to abide by JCPOA

The Biden administration is prepared to re-enter the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known commonly as the Iran Nuclear deal, if Iran takes the necessary steps toward negotiations, a senior State Department official told reporters on Thursday.

Photo: Iranian Supreme Leader Press Office/ HANDOUT/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images 
Photo: Iranian Supreme Leader Press Office/ HANDOUT/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The JCPOA was an agreement on the Iranian nuclear program reached in Vienna on July 14, 2015, between Iran, China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States. The nuclear deal was endorsed by the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231 adopted on July 20, 2015.

According to some requirements contained in the agreement, Iran’s compliance with the nuclear-related provisions of the JCPOA is verified by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Former President Donald J. Trump abandoned the agreement leading to Iran increasing its nuclear capabilities. President Biden has vowed to revive the deal and today’s briefing was another step towards achieving peace.

The senior administration official said the JCPOA was “pretty clear” on what Iran needs to do to come back to the negotiating table.

The official said the Biden administration will do whatever it takes to stop Iran from acquiring nuclear weapon if diplomacy failed.

The official said wrongfully detained Americans in Iran are not part of the deal. The official said everything was being done to bring them home regardless of what happens to the negotiations.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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