Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Washington holds Iran “responsible” for the attacks in Iraq


After the escalation of attacks by pro-Iranian militias against American targets in Iraq, the United States warned that it would hold Iran “responsible” for the actions of Iran’s allies in Iraq, but confirmed that it would not seek to escalate the conflict.

“We will hold Iran responsible for the actions of its followers who attack the Americans,” in Iraq, said State Department spokesman Ned Price, hours after rockets were fired at the US embassy in Baghdad.

However, the US official made it clear that the US forces would avoid contributing to an “escalation in the interest of Iran.”

On the other hand, the United States expressed its concern about Tehran’s announcement of its intention to suspend the implementation of the additional protocol.

Price said that Washington supports the efforts of the International Atomic Energy Agency, while it is preparing to meet the Iranians within the framework of a meeting of the P5 + 1.

Price added that the United States is ready to negotiate to a stage in which Iran returns to its obligations and at that time Washington will return to the agreement, but he denied knowledge of any official response from Iran to the European call for negotiations.

On the Yemeni issue, Price said that the visit, which was initiated by Special Envoy Tim Lenderking to the Gulf, will include talks with senior officials and will seek to reach a political solution to the Yemeni crisis and aid for the Yemeni people, and shows the extent of the US interest in finding a solution to the Yemeni crisis.

In response to a question about the American position on the Moroccan Sahara, Price said that the United States welcomes Morocco’s steps to improve its relations with Israel and supports the role of

The United Nations reached a solution to the Sahara file, denying the existence of anything new in light of the continuing review of the policies and decisions of the previous administration being conducted by the current administration.

Blinken: Diplomacy is the best course with Iran

On Monday, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that the United States would seek to strengthen and extend the agreement concluded between world powers and Iran, which aims to limit its nuclear program.

“The United States remains committed to Iran not acquiring a nuclear weapon,” Blinken said in a recorded speech to the United Nations disarmament conference in Geneva. Diplomacy is the best way to achieve this goal.

Blinken said that US President Joe Biden said that if Iran returned to “strict compliance” with the nuclear agreement concluded in 2015, his administration would do the same.

“We will also seek, through working with allies and partners, to prolong and strengthen the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the nuclear agreement) and address other concerns, such as Iran’s destabilizing behavior in the region, and the development and proliferation of ballistic missiles,” the US Secretary of State added.

“Iran should comply with safeguards agreements with the agency and its international obligations,” he added.





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