A new agreement is needed to revive the Iran Nuclear Deal under the Biden administration, the UN atomic watchdog chief says.

Iran PressEurope: Reviving Iran’s nuclear deal under US President-elect Joe Biden would require striking a new agreement setting out how Iran’s steps in scaling back commitments will be reversed, Head of the International Atomic Energy Agency Rafael Grossi said.

Biden, who takes office on Jan. 20, has said the United States will rejoin the deal “if Iran resumes strict compliance” with the agreement that imposed strict curbs on its nuclear activities in return for the lifting of sanctions.

However, people familiar with Joe Biden’s thinking earlier told Reuters that he will not shy away from using President Donald Trump’s weapon of choice - sanctions - as he seeks to reshape America’s foreign policy.

After President Donald Trump quit the deal and reimposed US sanctions, Iran responded by adopting antithetical economic measures under a directive by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei of “Resistive Economy,” and also started to take nuclear countermeasures to retaliate against the US and others’ non-commitment to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the official name of the historic 2015 nuclear deal.

In an interview with Reuters, Grossi said: “I cannot imagine that they are going simply to say, ‘We are back to square one’ because square one is no longer there,” Grossi said at IAEA headquarters.

“It is clear that there will have to be a protocol or an agreement or an understanding or some ancillary document which will stipulate clearly what we do,” he said.


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