Iran wants "compensation" from U.S. for Trump's withdrawal from nuclear deal as Biden admin seeks to restart talks

by Laura Mize · Feb 25th, 2021 12:07 pm

Last Updated Feb 26th, 2021 at 9:45 am

As the United States seeks to restart a nuclear arms deal with Iran that former President Donald Trump withdrew from, Iran's ambassador who deals with the U.S. in Geneva says the U.S. needs to "compensate for the damages" caused by the withdrawal.

"The onus is on the offending party to return, restart, and compensate for the damages as well as to reassure that they would not renege again," Iranian Ambassador Esmaeil Baghaei Hamaneh told a United Nations Conference on Wednesday.

Recently, the U.S. State Department waived sanctions that Trump had restarted, which constituted "domestic travel controls on Iranian representatives," an official from the State Department said.

Tension between the United States and Iran over nuclear weapons has been mounting, as the Middle Eastern nation has continued to boost its nuclear program. Currently, Iran is non-compliant with the 2015 nuclear deal it signed with the United States, France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, and also with a tenet of the foundational Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty that seeks to control arms development worldwide.

The International Atomic Energy Agency, an organization tied to the United Nations, announced Tuesday that Iran had "undeclared nuclear material" at a site it had not disclosed to the agency.

"The agency is deeply concerned that undeclared nuclear material may have been present at this undeclared location and that such nuclear material remains unreported by Iran under its safeguards agreement," it said.

Although the U.S. State Department has said it is "concerned" about this development, it highlighted Iran's announcement of ways in which the nation will comply with some nuclear transparency measures.


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