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No New Nuclear Agreement With Iran, US Secretary Of State Antony Blinken Says

In a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York on Wednesday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasized that there is currently no new nuclear agreement with Iran.

Kenzo Norman
Jun 30, 2023593 Shares23706 Views
In a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York on Wednesday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasized that there is currently no new nuclear agreement with Iran.
Despite ongoing diplomatic efforts, Blinken made it clear that no agreement was imminent but expressed the United States' willingness to continue exploring diplomatic paths.
There is no agreement in the offing, even as we continue to be willing to explore diplomatic paths.- US Secretary of State Antony Blinken

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Blinken emphasized the importance of Iran's actions in shaping the future relationship between the two countries. He called on Iran to avoid taking actions that would escalate tensions with the United States and the wider Middle East region.
Blinken's remarks underscored the need for Iran to demonstrate a commitment to de-escalation and engage in constructive dialogue.
President Joe Biden had initially expressed hopes of returning to the 2015 nuclear accord with Iran, which was abandoned by his predecessor Donald Trump.
Iran either couldn't or wouldn't do what was necessary to get back into compliance.- US Secretary of State Antony Blinken
However, EU-mediated talks between the two nations collapsed, and internal protests in Iran further complicated efforts to strike a deal with the country.
Despite these setbacks, recent reports suggest that indirect talks have quietly resumed with Oman acting as an intermediary, primarily focusing on the status of US prisoners in Iran.

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Stumbling Blocks In The Negotiations

The negotiations on restoring the 2015 nuclear accord encountered difficulties related to the extent of relief from sweeping US sanctions imposed by the Trump administration.
Disagreements also arose over the timeline for Iran's return to compliance, particularly regarding its countermeasures taken in response to the US withdrawal from the deal.
Blinken acknowledged the Biden administration's "good-faith effort" to engage European powers, China, and Russia in negotiations, but highlighted Iran's failure to meet the necessary requirements for compliance.
Secretary Blinken has also played a role in facilitating dialogue between Israel and Saudi Arabia, two countries with complex relationships with the United States.
While both nations have shown interest in the prospect of normalization, Blinken acknowledged the significant challenges involved in achieving this goal.
Noting his recent visit to Saudi Arabia, Blinken described normalization as a real prospect that requires careful and time-consuming efforts.

Israel's Hopes For Further Normalization

Israel's recent normalization agreements with the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Morocco have been regarded as significant achievements.
For Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, securing recognition from Saudi Arabia would represent the pinnacle of diplomatic success due to the country's regional influence and its role as the guardian of Islam's holiest sites.
The Saudis, however, have called for progress on Palestinian rights, adding complexity to the normalization process.

Concerns Over Unrest In The West Bank

Blinken also addressed recent unrest in the West Bank and expressed concern over the escalation of violence, including incidents involving Palestinian-Americans.
In a conversation with Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen, Blinken urged de-escalation and emphasized the need for Israel to address fires burning in its backyard to pave the way for potential expansion of agreements, including with Saudi Arabia.
We've told our friends and allies in Israel that if there's a fire burning in their backyard, it's going to be a lot tougher if not impossible to actually both deepen the existing agreements, as well as to expand them to include potentially Saudi Arabia.- US Secretary of State Antony Blinken
While the path to a new nuclear agreement with Iran remains uncertain, Secretary of State Blinken continues to engage in diplomatic efforts and navigate the complex relationships in the Middle East, aiming for stability and peaceful resolutions in the region.

Final Words

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has clarified that there is currently no new nuclear agreement with Iran, emphasizing the need for Iran to demonstrate de-escalation and a commitment to constructive dialogue.
Despite hopes of returning to the 2015 nuclear accord, negotiations faced challenges related to US sanctions and Iran's compliance.
Blinken has also played a role in facilitating dialogue between Israel and Saudi Arabia, acknowledging the complexities involved in achieving further normalization.
While uncertainties remain, Blinken continues his diplomatic efforts to foster stability and peaceful resolutions in the Middle East.
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