Biden administration turns focus to Iran as Secretary of State Blinken

Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks with personnel at the United States State Department during the first see of United States President Joe Biden in Washington, DC, February 4, 2021. Saul Loeb|AFP|Getty Images

Secretary of State Antony Blinken will hold a virtual conference with America’s key European allies Friday night to discuss technique toward Iran, Western diplomats and senior U.S. officials informed NBC News. Blinken will go over Iran with the foreign ministers of Germany, France and the U.K. The diplomats will also speak with about the Covid-19 pandemic, environment change and the situation in Myanmar. The last time the secretary of State held a call in this format remained in 2018 as the U.S. was pulling out of the Iran nuclear arrangement, according to NBC. The conference will come after President Joe Biden’s National Security Council meets Friday afternoon to go over the administration’s approach to Iran. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the NSC meeting is part of an ongoing policy evaluation and no statements will be made. The advancements are the strongest sign yet of Biden’s intention to turn the page on previous President Donald Trump’s go-it-alone approach to Iran and diplomacy in general and to return the U.S. to a multilateral foreign policy.

An Iranian flag is envisioned near in a rocket during a military drill, with the involvement of Iran’s Air Defense systems, Iran October 19, 2020. WANA News Company|Reuters

The White Home wishes to rejoin the Iran nuclear agreement but is insisting that Iran return to complete compliance initially. The Biden administration has actually promised to seek advice from closely with U.S. allies in its method to Iran. Trump withdrew the U.S. from the contract since it did not restrict Iran’s ballistic rocket program or address Tehran’s support for militant groups. Iran rolled back its commitments under the deal as the Trump administration pursued a policy of “optimal pressure” by enforcing crippling economic sanctions versus the Islamic Republic.

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