#Nuclear Deal

.Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Iran's foreign ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh.(Photo Credit: Twitter/ @SKhatibzadeh)

  • Iranian officials had said Tehran was studying a proposal by European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell
  • Iran and the Biden administration have been at odds over who should take the first step
  • Washington says Tehran must first return to compliance with the deal

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
US State Department spokesperson Ned Price voiced concern.(Photo Credit:AFP)

  • Price praised the "professionalism" of IAEA chief Rafael Grossi on his visit to Tehran
  • Price also downplayed Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's warning
  • Grossi's trip came after US President Joe Biden last week offered to talk to Iran under the aegis of the European Union

.Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Rafael Grossi was addressing a news conference after returning from Tehran. (Photo Credit: Twitter/@rafaelmgrossi)

  • Rafael Grossi said IAEA will continue "necessary" verification and monitoring activities in Iran
  • But after Tehran slashes cooperation, there will be less access and no more snap inspections
  • "What we agreed is something that is viable, it’s useful to bridge the gap," Grossi said

.Tehran, Tehran Province, Iran
Director General of IAEA Rafael Grossi.(Photo Credit: Twitter/@rafaelmgrossi)

  • Grossi was received in Tehran by Iran's ambassador to IAEA, Kazem Gharibabadi
  • The IAEA chief's visit is due to run into Sunday
  • The deadline, set by Iranian lawmakers, carries the threat of a suspension of some nuclear inspections

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
US President Joe Biden made it clear that he prefers the path of traditional diplomacy (Photo credit: AFP)

  • Biden's administration agreed to share a platform to renegotiate the Iran nuclear deal
  • A response statement is awaited  by the Iranian authorities
  • The US ambassador to the UN debunked the claims made by Trump on sanctions imposed on Iran by the UN

.Moscow, Russia
Russia said it understood the logic behind Iran's action. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • IAEA said Wednesday that it had verified the production of 3.6 grammes of uranium metal
  • Russia's Foreign Minister said Iran's move showed its "determination not to put up with the current situation"
  • Iran nuclear deal had banned Tehran from producing or acquiring uranium metals for 15 years 

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
President Joe Biden was talking in a television interview. (Photo Credit: AP/PTI)

  • Joe Biden said Iran must first adhere to its nuclear deal commitments
  • He conveyed that Iran needs to stop enriching uranium beyond the limits permitted under the nuclear deal
  • On January 4, Iran announced it had stepped up its uranium enrichment process to 20% purity

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
Joe Biden is the oldest President of the United States at the age of 78. (Photo Credit: AFP)

  • Biden's statements came after Iran’s supremo Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s asked the US to lift all sanctions if it wants Tehran to talk on the deal
  • Former US President Donald Trump in 2018 pulled out the nuclear deal
  • Tehran in return suspended compliance with most key nuclear commitments to the deal last year

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States on January 20. (Photo Credit:PTI)

  • Biden cautioned against "advancing authoritarianism" in Russia and China
  •  He also highlighted the alleged cyber attacks and election interference by Russia
  • The US President also demanded the release of Navalny, who was 'unlawfully' arrested in Russia

.Washington D.C., DC, USA
Antony Blinken has served in various capacities under two different administrations for two decades. (Photo credit: AFP)

  • The nuclear treaty has been extended by a term of five years
  • Blinken said the US will take measures to "reduce the dangers from China's modern and growing nuclear arsenal"
  • The extension has been welcomed by NATO as it would help maintain international peace and security