US informed Israel regime ahead of Iran policy announcement

TEHRAN, Feb. 19 (MNA) – The Biden administration informed Israel regime in advance that it planned to announce on Thursday it was ready to talk to Iran about Washington returning to Iran nuclear agreement, a person familiar with the matter told.

Biden’s aides wanted to avoid blindsiding Israel regime over the US plans, which included telling the UN Security Council the new administration was rescinding former US President Donald Trump’s assertion that all UN sanctions had been reimposed on Iran in September, Reuters reported.

But US President Joe Biden did not directly inform the Zionist regime's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about the shift in US/Iran policy when they spoke for the first time on Wednesday, the source said.

The United States on Thursday told the United Nations Security Council it was rescinding a Trump administration assertion that all UN sanctions had been reimposed on Iran in September.

Acting US Ambassador Richard Mills informed the 15-member body in a letter seen by Reuters.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told European allies on Thursday that President Joe Biden’s administration was prepared to talk to Iran about both countries returning to a 2015 deal.

The Trump administration quit the pact in 2018. Then in August last year former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he had triggered a 30-day process at the Security Council that led to the return of UN sanctions on Iran and stopped a conventional arms embargo on Tehran from expiring on Oct. 18.

13 of the 15 Security Council members said Washington’s move was void because Pompeo used a mechanism agreed under the 2015 nuclear deal that the Trump administration had abandoned.

In reaction to the White House retreat from the snapback mechanism, FM Zarif said that the US unconditionally and effectively must lift all sanctions imposed and re-imposed by Trump in compliance with Resolution 2231.

The Islamic Republic of Iran has emphasized that for Tehran, the return of the United States to the JCPOA is not an important issue, but what is important is the lifting of US sanctions against Iran.

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