President-elect Joe Biden will not receive pressure from his European counterparts to rush back into the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Biden, who takes office on January 20, has said he would rejoin the accord if Tehran first resumed strict compliance, and would work with allies "to strengthen and extend it, while more effectively pushing back against Iran's other destabilising activities".
Trump unilaterally withdrew the USA from that pact in May 2018 and launched a "maximum pressure" campaign against Iran with sanctions that plunged its economy into a deep recession.
Iran's parliament on Tuesday passed a bill requiring the country's atomic agency to build a new heavy water reactor and operate a metal uranium production plant as part of efforts to challenge global sanctions on its nuclear program, state media reported. Since Trump's decision to leave the JCPOA, tensions between the USA and Iran have escalated, with Iran announcing that it would no longer follow the 2015 nuclear deal.
The Trump administration plans to tighten sanctions on Tehran during its final months in power, the top US envoy on Iran said on Wednesday, as he urged President-elect Joe Biden to use the leverage to press for a deal that reduces the regional and nuclear threats posed by the Islamic Republic. "We must stick to an uncompromising policy of ensuring that Iran will not develop nuclear weapons". Iran long has maintained its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.
German Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Andrea Sasse said this week that Iran was systematically violating the accord, ahead of a meeting between the German, French and British foreign ministers on the matters.
"We tried to lift sanctions once and negotiated for several years, but to no avail", he said on state television, in reference to the Iran nuclear deal signed in 2015 with several countries, but which Donald Trump expressed extreme hostility to.