In the hours following the US’ meeting with the European members (E3) of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Thursday, the Biden administration announced that it has rescinded the decision of the former Trump administration to restore UN sanctions on Iran, which could help Washington in rekindling its return to the nuclear deal established in 2015.
The US’ Deputy Ambassador to the UN, Richard Mills, has said that the US has officially confirmed the rescinding of three letters written and sent by the Trump administration the UN Security Council (UNSC) which resulted in the country’s decision to reimpose UN sanctions on Tehran, on 19 September last year, in a letter sent to the UNSC on behalf of US President Joe Biden.
Former US President Donald Trump withdrew the US from the JCPOA in 2018 when it accused Iran of violating the nuclear deal’s commitments. Following the election and official inauguration of Joe Biden, the new US President expressed his intent to rejoin the JCPOA if Tehran stepped back from its violations. Iran objected to this announcement and indicated that it would take the necessary steps if the US would make the first steps in the revival of the nuclear deal.
After the insisting stance of the US to force a first step from Iran, Tehran warned that it would block the snap inspections of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) if Washington did not revoke its sanctions that it imposed during the Trump administration. A statement has emerged from Iranian Foreign Minister indicating that it will reverse its nuclear actions as soon as the sanctions are lifted.