The United States will continue to persuade countries not to provide arms to Iran after it decided to reverse the Trump administration’s stance that UN sanctions against Iran snapped back due to its violation of the 2015 nuclear treaty.
“Reversing the snapback position adopted by the previous administration ... strengthens our position to engage the UN Security Council on Iran,” State Department Spokesperson Ned Price told reporters.
Price said that regardless of the recent decisions, “we will continue to use our authorities to persuade countries not to provide arms to Iran.”
In recent days and weeks, the Biden administration has made several moves in an apparent sign to Iran that it seeks negotiations once again. Ties between Washington and Tehran came to a halt during the Trump administration’s time in office. Under Trump, the US withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and imposed crushing economic sanctions on Iran.
Although Biden and senior White House officials have stated that Iran must make the first move and come back into compliance with its commitments under the JCPOA, sanctions against Iranian proxies have been lifted, among other decisions easing the pressure on Tehran.
It is unclear if Iran has made any concessions whatsoever.
On Friday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken claimed the Trump administration's Iran policy had failed.
“We have a policy in recent years of so-called 'maximum pressure' on Iran that has not produced results. In fact, the problem has gotten worse. Iran is now much closer to being able to produce, on short order, enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon,” Blinken told BBC.
But Blinken doubled down on previous comments by him and Biden: “If Iran returns to its obligations under the nuclear agreement, the United States will do the same thing,” he said.