The US Secretary of State stresses the importance of close cooperation with the European Union to address global issues, including dealing with “Iran’s destabilizing activities.”
US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that Iran “must fulfill safety guarantees agreements with the International Atomic Energy Agency and its international obligations.”
Blinken pointed out that Washington is seeking to deal with “Iran’s destabilizing activities in the region and its development of ballistic missiles.”
Blinken participated in the meetings of the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union, where he “highlighted the commitment of the United States to reform, revitalize and raise the level of ambition in the relationship between the United States and the European Union,” according to a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Blinken stressed the importance of close cooperation with the European Union and its member states “to face global challenges based on common values such as democracy, human rights and pluralism.”
Blinken also discussed with the foreign ministers of European Union member states “a joint response to pressing global issues, including the Corona epidemic, Iran, China and climate change.”
The Minister welcomed the European Union’s decision to impose sanctions on Russia in response to the measures taken against opposition Alexei Navalny.
Pleased to join the EU Foreign Affairs Council today with @JosepBorrellF to discuss the joint U.S.- EU response to pressing global issues. We are committed to revitalizing our relationship with the EU and its member states. pic.twitter.com/YtAP4iByEL
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) February 22, 2021
Concurrently, the French Foreign Ministry said today, Monday, that Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told his European Union counterparts during a meeting in Brussels that the situation regarding Iran’s nuclear program was “worrying”.
Earlier in the day, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said, “Iran will stop, as of tomorrow, its implementation of the additional protocol.”
He stressed that “we have not given a new opportunity to America in the understanding between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency, and all that we have decided came within the framework of the decision of strategic measures to cancel sanctions.”
For his part, the Iranian leader, Ali Khamenei, described the law of the Islamic Consultative Assembly on canceling the ban as “good”, stressing the need to implement it carefully.
Khamenei said upon receiving the Chairman and members of the Assembly of Experts of the Leadership, that the level of uranium enrichment in Iran “may reach 60%,” adding that the limits of the level of uranium enrichment “will not stop at 20%, and we will take the necessary steps according to the country’s need.”
He continued, “The nuclear agreement will last for several years, and we will implement it during its period of years only if the other party adheres to it.”
And last week, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that Iran’s actions towards suspending the additional protocol and reducing inspection related to the nuclear deal came “in response to violations by Washington and the European Troika.”
Zarif added, “The European Union should fulfill its obligations instead of philosophy and hold Iran responsible.”
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