U.S. will not elevate sanctions till Iran halts uranium enrichment

U.S. will not elevate sanctions till Iran halts uranium enrichment

President Biden stated the U.S. is not going to elevate sanctions in opposition to Iran until the nation stops enriching uranium, persevering with a standoff with the nation’s supreme chief, who has demanded that sanctions be lifted earlier than the nation returns to its obligations beneath the 2015 nuclear deal.

“CBS Night Information” anchor and managing editor Norah O’Donnell spoke to Mr. Biden in his first community information interview since his inauguration. It’ll air within the 4 p.m. hour forward of the Tremendous Bowl on Sunday.

“Will the U.S. elevate sanctions first with the intention to get Iran again to the negotiating desk?” O’Donnell requested.

“No,” Mr. Biden responded.

“They need to cease enriching uranium first?” O’Donnell requested.

Mr. Biden nodded affirmatively.

Beneath the 2015 Iran nuclear settlement, the U.S. and different world powers agreed to elevate crippling financial sanctions in opposition to Iran in alternate for limits on the nation’s nuclear program. Former President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the deal in 2018 and reimposed these sanctions. Mr. Biden has stated he plans to rejoin the settlement.

In early January, Iran introduced it had resumed superior uranium enrichment, in violation of the phrases of the 2015 deal. A worldwide nuclear watchdog additionally advised the United Nations final month that Iran has begun to fabricate gear used to supply uranium steel, the group stated, which can be utilized to make the core of a nuclear warhead.

Supreme Chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stated Sunday that the U.S. should elevate sanctions earlier than Iran meets its commitments beneath the nuclear accords. In November, Iran’s international minister stated the nation would “routinely” return to its commitments if Mr. Biden lifts sanctions imposed by Mr. Trump.

At his affirmation listening to final month, Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated that if Iran took step one and got here again into compliance with the phrases of the deal as at present written, “we might, too.”

“However we might use that as a platform to hunt an extended and stronger settlement, but in addition to seize these different points, significantly with missiles and different destabilizing exercise,” Blinken advised senators, including that “we’re a great distance from there.”

O’Donnell additionally requested Mr. Biden about one other key international relationship: the U.S. and China.

“The U.S.-China relationship might be one of the vital essential in your entire world,” O’Donnell stated. “Why have not you known as Xi Jinping?”

“Effectively, we’ve not had event to speak to him but,” Mr. Biden responded. “There isn’t any motive to not name him. I most likely spent extra time with Xi Jinping, I am advised, than any world chief has, as a result of I had 24, 25 hours of personal conferences with him once I was vice chairman. Traveled 17,000 miles with him. I do know him fairly nicely.”

“There’s so much to speak about?” O’Donnell requested.

“So much to speak about. An entire lot to speak about,” Mr. Biden stated. “And he is very vivid. He is very powerful. He would not have — and I do not imply it as a criticism, simply the fact — he would not have a democratic, small D, bone in his physique. However he’s — the query is, I’ve stated to him all alongside, that we have to not have a battle. However there’s going to be excessive competitors. And I am not going to do it the best way that he is aware of. And that is as a result of he is sending indicators as nicely. I am not going to do it the best way Trump did. We will concentrate on worldwide guidelines of the street.”

The total interview will air Sunday in the course of the 4 p.m. ET hour forward of the Tremendous Bowl, solely on CBS.

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