Members of the Security Council vote at United Nations headquarters on the landmark nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers
Members of the Security Council vote at United Nations headquarters on the landmark nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers
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Members of the Security Council vote at United Nations headquarters on the landmark nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers

Germany hopes for joint transatlantic approach on Iran under Biden

Nuclear agreement signatories hope Joe Biden will lift the sanctions against the Islamic Republic and return to the nuclear deal from which it withdrew under Trump in 2018

Reuters |
Published: 11.23.20 , 22:33
Germany sees a chance to return to a joint transatlantic approach in tackling Iran's nuclear program once the new U.S. administration under President-elect Joe Biden takes office, a German official said on Monday.
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  • In May 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump quit a deal with Tehran that sought to limit Iran's nuclear program to prevent it from developing atomic weapons in return for the easing of economic sanctions.
    Members of the Security Council vote at United Nations headquarters on the landmark nuclear deal between Iran and six world powersMembers of the Security Council vote at United Nations headquarters on the landmark nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers
    Members of the Security Council vote at United Nations headquarters on the landmark nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers
    (Photo: AP)
    While the United States restored sanctions and announced a "maximum pressure" campaign against Iran, the other signatories - Germany, France, Britain, Russia and China - upheld the agreement with Tehran.
    "With the new U.S. administration taking office next year, we will get the opportunity to again use the JCPOA (the nuclear deal with Iran) for what it was meant for - to curtail Iran's nuclear programme," a German diplomat said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
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    U.S. President Donald Trump
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    "Seeing how Iran increasingly violates its nuclear obligations, this is urgently needed," he added after a meeting of the foreign ministers of Germany, France and Britain in Berlin for talks on Iran.
    The diplomat said the three European countries, known as the E3, were preparing for a period of intensive diplomacy, knowing they would be facing difficult negotiations.
    An Iranian woman walk past a mural depicting a defaced Statue of Liberty on the wall of former US embassy in Tehran, IranAn Iranian woman walk past a mural depicting a defaced Statue of Liberty on the wall of former US embassy in Tehran, Iran
    An Iranian woman walks past a mural depicting a defaced Statue of Liberty on the wall of the former U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran
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    Biden, who will take office on Jan. 20, has said he will rejoin the agreement if Iran first resumes strict compliance and will work with allies "to strengthen and extend it, while more effectively pushing back against Iran's other destabilizing activities".
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