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Iran warns of 'serious reaction' to nuclear censure, says Joe Biden is 'buying time'

Iran warns of 'serious reaction' to nuclear censure, says Joe Biden is 'buying time'

3/2/2021 7:29:00 PM

Iran warns of 'serious reaction' to nuclear censure, says Joe Biden is 'buying time'

Iran and the U.S. remain stuck in a stalemate over which side will take the first step to revive the JCPOA nuclear deal.

But the Biden administration has remained committed to diplomacy, even as conservatives in the U.S. and foreignallies including Israelwork to undermine the deal and sharpen America's Iran stance.State Department spokesperson Ned Price said Monday the U.S. is"not dogmatic" about the format of future JCPOA talks with Iran, as long as any discussions are held with foreign partners."What we are dogmatic about is that the best way to discuss the path forward is in dialogue," Price said.

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But the Iranian government, led by moderate President Hassan Rouhani whose term ends this summer, is sticking to its guns. Government spokesperson Ali Rabiyee told reporters Monday:"We will not give in to the endless game aimed at buying time for the U.S. government and delaying the lifting of sanctions," according to Iran's ISNA news agency.

Rouhani is likely to be replaced by a conservative candidate when his term ends, possibly one drawn from the powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Rouhani, who signed the JCPOA with PresidentBarack Obamain 2015, has a fast closing window of opportunity to revive the landmark deal.

Rouhani's government is facing its own internal pressure over the JCPOA. Conservatives—who now dominate parliament after last year's elections—view the deal with skepticism, and for many Trump's withdrawal from the deal and subsequent"maximum pressure" campaign is proof that the U.S. cannot be trusted to abide by any agreement.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif speaks during a press conference in the capital Tehran on February 23, 2021. Read more: Newsweek »

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