Tehran —  Iran mentioned Wednesday that it would “automatically” return to its nuclear commitments if U.S. President-elect Joe Biden lifts sanctions imposed over the previous two years by President Donald Trump. But even as it dangled the supply, Tehran saved the strain on the U.S. and different nations by forging forward with its nuclear program in violation of the 2015 worldwide nuclear pact that Mr. Trump deserted.

Tehran’s return to its commitments underneath the deal “can be done automatically and needs no conditions or even negotiations,” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif mentioned in feedback revealed within the state-run Iran every day.

Decades outdated U.S.-Iranian tensions escalated after President Trump unilaterally withdrew from the landmark nuclear settlement in 2018 and reimposed, after which strengthened, crippling sanctions.

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While Mr. Trump has sought to maximize strain on Iran and isolate it globally, Mr. Biden has proposed to supply the Islamic republic a “credible path back to diplomacy.”

Mr. Biden has mentioned that Tehran should return to compliance with the nuclear deal, however he is been clear that if it does, his administration would “re-enter the agreement.” The president-elect has constantly argued that the 2015 accord, “blocked Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.”

Zarif indicated to CBS News early this month, earlier than Mr. Biden was projected to be the winner of the U.S. election, that Iran would like the previous vp emerge victorious, noting “more promising” statements from his marketing campaign.

In the remarks revealed Wednesday, Zarif argued that “America is obligated to implement Resolution 2231 as a member of the United Nations and its Security Council,” pointing to the us decision that enshrined the 2015 nuclear deal.

“If it does carry out this resolution and sanctions are lifted and there are no obstacles to Iran’s economic activities, then Iran will carry out” its obligations underneath the deal, he mentioned.

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Iran, which denies it is in search of to construct a nuclear bomb, has since May 2019, after Mr. Trump pulled the U.S. out of the settlement, step by step suspended most of its key obligations underneath the settlement. Tehran argues that it has merely reacted to the sanctions and the lack of the opposite events to the deal – Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia – to present Tehran with its promised financial advantages.

Zarif described Mr. Biden as a “foreign affairs veteran,” whom he has recognized for 30 years. Once within the White House, Mr. Biden may “lift all of these [sanctions] with three executive orders,” Zarif argued.

If the Biden administration does that, Iran’s return to nuclear commitments might be “quick,” Zarif mentioned.

Washington’s return to the deal, nonetheless, may wait, he added.

“The next stage that will need negotiating is America’s return … which is not a priority,” he mentioned. “The first priority is America ending its law breaking and rebelling.”

The New York Times reported on Monday that Mr. Trump requested prime aides final week about the potential of placing Iran’s nuclear amenities. Senior officers reportedly “dissuaded the president from moving ahead with a military strike,” warning him that such an assault may escalate right into a broader battle within the final weeks of his presidency.

This October 26, 2020, satellite tv for pc picture from Planet Labs Inc. that has been annotated by consultants on the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at Middlebury Institute of International Studies reveals building at Iran’s Natanz uranium-enrichment facility that consultants imagine could also be a brand new, underground centrifuge meeting plant. 

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One of the websites that each the U.S. and Israel have lengthy eyed as a possible goal in any strike on Iran is the Kernkraftwerk Natanz, the place Iran has ramped up uranium enrichment past the parameters of the nuclear deal since 2019.

On Wednesday the U.N. nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, mentioned in a confidential report obtained by CBS News that Iran had begun feeding uranium gasoline right into a just lately put in cascade of superior centrifuges in a fortified underground facility at Natanz, CBS News Pamela Falk studies. 

The IR-2M centrifuges will allow Iran to spin the uranium hexafluoride gasoline to create nuclear materials enriched to greater than 4% purity — over the extent permitted underneath the 2015 settlement however properly under the 90% purity required to make a nuclear weapon.

IAEA inspectors (2nd-Third L) and Iranian technicians disconnect the connections between twin cascades for 20% uranium manufacturing on the Natanz nuclear facility in a January 20, 2014 file photograph, as Iran halted manufacturing of 20% enriched uranium, marking the approaching into drive of an interim deal with world powers on its disputed nuclear program.


Any use of the superior sort of centrifuge by Iran is, in itself, a violation of the nuclear pact, however the nation had already been utilizing the identical equipment above floor at Natanz as a part of its shirking of the settlement following Mr. Trump’s unilateral withdrawal.

IAEA director-general Rafael Grossi mentioned that whereas the operation of the 174 centrifuges was going down in a brand new space of Natanz, it wouldn’t lead to an total enhance within the output of enriched uranium.