'Iran must resume compliance with significant nuclear constraints'

In first press briefing, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki says talks with Iran are dependent on it resuming compliance with 2016 deal.

Elad Benari , | updated: 3:36 AM

Jen Psaki
Jen Psaki

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Wednesday held the first press conference of the Biden administration.

During the press conference, Psaki commented on the issue of the Iran nuclear deal and stressed that Iran must resume compliance with the restrictions under the 2015 deal for the US to come to the table.

Psaki did not explicitly say that the US will return to the 2015 deal, from which former President Donald Trump withdrew in 2018.

"Iran must resume compliance with significant nuclear constraints under the deal for that to proceed," Psaki stated.

Iran has gradually scaled back its compliance with the 2015 deal in response to Trump’s withdrawal from the agreement.

Biden recently told The New York Times that he would return to the 2015 agreement if Iran returned to compliance with it.

The Iranian government, however, has ruled out the possibility of renegotiating the nuclear deal, saying it was fully discussed in detail five years ago and needs no renegotiations.

On Tuesday, Biden’s Secretary of State-designate Antony Blinken told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a confirmation hearing he would consult with US allies regarding the possibility of re-entering a nuclear deal with Iran.

“If Iran comes back into compliance we would too,” Blinken said, adding his approach would be to use the return to the 2015 nuclear deal as a “platform” for a broader agreement.

“We would use that as a platform with our allies and partners, who would once again be on the same side with us, to seek a longer and stronger agreement,” he said.

Blinken added that the issue of Iran’s ballistic missile program would also be addressed, but noted that “we’re a long way from there” at this time.