The USA would love a in-person assembly with Iran to debate prisoner releases and it needs the UN Safety Council to impose an indefinite arms embargo on the Islamic Republic, a senior US diplomat mentioned on Tuesday.
The 2 adversaries disagree on many points, together with US President Donald Trump’s resolution two years in the past to desert the 2015 Iran nuclear deal beneath which Tehran restricted its nuclear programme in return for financial sanctions reduction.
Trump has since restored US sanctions which have choked Iran’s oil exports, the nation’s foremost income, whereas Iran has accelerated its nuclear programme. Washington believes Iran might search a nuclear weapon, one thing Tehran denies.
Regardless of the tensions, the 2 sides struck a deal beneath which Iran on June four freed a US Navy veteran it had imprisoned since 2018 and the US allowed an Iranian-American doctor to go to Iran.
Talking at a digital occasion hosted by the Council on International Relations, US Particular Consultant for Iran Brian Hook mentioned he hoped for additional prisoner exchanges and talks on a wide selection of points.
Particular Consultant for Iran Brian Hook: The Iranian regime’s threats are designed to intimidate nations into accepting Iran’s ordinary violent habits for concern of one thing worse. We refuse to play by Iran’s guidelines. https://t.co/zMKQdtgHK2 pic.twitter.com/DGffzM3VKT
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Tehran has been reluctant to take care of officers in Washington for the reason that Trump administration deserted the nuclear settlement, demanding the US return to it.
“We might like to have an in particular person assembly to have a consular dialogue in order that we are able to transfer quicker than we’ve,” Hook mentioned.
“The door for diplomacy on our facet is extensive open, not simply on these issues however on … all the problems which have been bedevilling the US-Iran bilateral relations for 41 years,” he mentioned, saying Trump “wish to get to the negotiating desk”.
He additionally mentioned the administration, which criticises Tehran for backing proxies in Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen, believes a UN arms embargo on Iran expiring in October ought to be prolonged indefinitely.
Reuters information company