US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday, that the United States will seek to strengthen and extend the agreement between world powers and Iran aimed at limiting its nuclear program.
The International Atomic Energy Agency said on Sunday that it had reached an agreement with Iran to ease the impact of the steps that Tehran intends to take this week, which include ending surprise inspections, as the two sides agreed to keep “necessary” monitoring for up to three months.
This came in a statement made by the Agency’s Director General, Raphael Grossi, at Vienna Airport after his visit to Iran at the weekend, stressing that the Iranian government will go ahead with its plan to reduce cooperation with the agency on Tuesday.
“The United States remains committed to not obtaining a nuclear weapon for Iran,” Blinken said in a recorded speech at the United Nations Conference on Disarmament. Diplomacy is the best way to achieve this goal.
Blinken said that US President Joe Biden said that if Iran returned to “strict adherence” to the nuclear agreement concluded in 2015, his administration would do the same.
“We will also endeavor, by working with allies and partners, to prolong the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the nuclear agreement), and to address other concerns, such as Iran’s destabilizing behavior in the region, and the development and proliferation of ballistic missiles,” the US secretary added.
“Iran should comply with safeguards agreements with the agency and its international obligations,” he added.