Biden, Blinken, Reach out to Allies on Iran Nuke Deal; Iran Says It Won’t Accept Changes to Dead for U.S. Return; IAEA Says Time Running Out for Deal

Now that U.S. President Joe Biden has taken office, there has been an uptick in interest in the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the west. Biden’s nominee for Secretary of State, Tony Blinken, said the new administration would consult with Israel and Arab allies in the Middle East before making any decisions about reentering the Iran nuclear agreement. Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more… Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will reportedly dispatch Mossad chief Yossie Cohen to Washington, D.C. to meet with U.S. President Joe Biden to discuss Israel’s demands of the new administration for any new version of the Iran nuclear deal. Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more… U.S. President Joe Biden has spoken with French President Emmanuel Macron regarding the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. The pair agreed to coordinate on Middle East peace issues and the nuclear deal, reports say. The French presidency said that Biden and Macron spoke after his inauguration and discussed “their willingness to act together for peace in the Near and Middle East, in particular on the Iranian nuclear issue.” Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more…  

Amid rumors U.S. President Joe Biden will seek to return the U.S. to the 2015 nuclear deal, Iran’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, warns that Iran will not accept changes to the deal as a condition for the U.S.’s return. Writing in Foreign Affairs, Zarif said, Iran’s “return to the table will be jeopardized if Washington or its EU allies demand new terms for a deal that was already carefully constructed through years of negotiations.” Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more… Iranian diplomats have also reportedly been in touch with members of the Biden administration about restarting talks on Iran’s nuclear program. According to reports, Iran has identified seven preconditions to the resumption of talks. An Iranian official with Iranian President Hasan Rouhani’s office said contacts began before Biden took office and remain informal. Reported by The Times of Israel. Read more…

Meanwhile, the International Atomic Energy Agency (“IAEA”) has warned that time is running out to restore the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. “It is clear that we don’t have many months ahead of us. We have weeks.,” said director general Rafael Grossi. He made the comments after Iran began enriching uranium up to 20%, closer to the 90% percent needed to create nuclear weapons. Reported by Fox News. Read more… Meanwhile, European nations are deeply concerned about Iran’s plans to produce uranium metal, saying Iran has “no credible civilian use” for the element. In a joint statement the foreign ministers of Britain, France, and Germany said, “The production of uranium metal has potentially grave military implications.” Should Iran proceed with its plans, it would be another violation of the 2015 nuclear deal, in which Iran pledged not to produce or acquire “plutonium or uranium metals and their alloys.” Reported by The Guardian. Read more…