According to Biden, the US will not lift sanctions until Iran stops uranium enrichment
President Biden said the US will not lift sanctions against Iran unless the country stops enriching uranium and continues a stalemate with the country’s top leader who has called for the sanctions lifted before that Country is meeting its obligations under the 2015 nuclear deal.
CBS Evening News presenter and editor-in-chief, Norah O’Donnell, spoke to Mr. Biden in his first network news interview since inauguration. It will air at 4 p.m. Hour beforeOn Sunday.
“Will the US first lift the sanctions to bring Iran back to the negotiating table?” Asked O’Donnell.
“No,” replied Mr. Biden.
“Do you have to stop enriching uranium first?” Asked O’Donnell.
Mr. Biden nodded in agreement.
As part of the Iranian nuclear deal of 2015, the US and other world powers agreed to lift crippling economic sanctions against Iran in order to restrict the country’s nuclear program. Former President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the deal in 2018 and re-imposed these sanctions. Mr Biden has said he plans to re-join the agreement.
In early January, Iran announced that it had resumed advanced uranium enrichment in violation of the provisions of the 2015 agreement. A global nuclear watchdog told the United Nations last month that Iran had started manufacturing uranium metal-making equipment that could be used to make the core of a nuclear warhead.
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday that the US must lift sanctions before Iran fulfills its nuclear deal obligations. In November, the Iranian foreign minister said the country would “automatically” return to its commitments if Mr Biden lifts the sanctions imposed by Mr Trump.
At hisLast month, Foreign Minister Antony Blinken said that if Iran took the first step and returned to the terms of the deal, we would too.
“But we would use that as a platform to reach a longer and stronger agreement, but also to cover these other problems, especially with missiles and other destabilizing activities,” Blinken told the senators, adding, “we are far from it away.”
O’Donnell also asked Mr. Biden about another important foreign relationship: the US and China.
“The US-China relationship is probably one of the most important in the world,” said O’Donnell. “Why didn’t you call Xi Jinping?”
“Well we haven’t had a chance to speak to him yet,” replied Mr. Biden. “There’s no reason not to call him. I’ve probably spent more time with Xi Jinping than any world leader because I had 24, 25 hours of private meetings with him when I was Vice President. I’ve traveled 17,000 miles with him. Me know him pretty well. “
“Is there a lot to talk about?” Asked O’Donnell.
“There’s a lot to tell. There’s a lot to tell,” said Mr. Biden. “And he’s very smart. He’s very tough. He hasn’t – and I don’t mean it as criticism, just reality – he doesn’t have a democratic, little D-bone in his body. But it is – the question is, I kept telling him we had to have no conflict. But there will be extreme competition. And I’m not going to do it the way he knows. And that’s because it sends signals too. I’m not going to do it like Trump. We will focus on international road traffic rules. “
The full interview will be broadcast on Sunday at 4 p.m. ET hour before the Super Bowl, only on CBS.
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