WSJ learned about increased US pressure on Iran to renew the JCPOA
According to the newspaper, the US intends to impose sanctions against companies in the UAE that export significant amounts of Iranian oil under the guise of Iraqi
Washington may soon impose sanctions against a businessman and a number of companies from the UAE, which, according to the United States, are engaged in “mixing” and transshipment of oil products from Iran. Thus, the United States intends to influence Iran and force it to return to negotiations on the resumption of the nuclear deal, according to The Wall Street Journal.
According to the newspaper, US law enforcement agencies suspect several companies in the UAE of forging documents on the origin of the country of oil. Thus, Iranian oil was marked in the documents as Iraqi, the supplies of which are not under Washington's sanctions.
The sanctions will continue to escalate until “the Iranians accept the proposal and return to the JCPOA,” a senior administration official for US President Joe Biden told the WSJ.
According to US military sources, the Iraqi-born British and UAE citizen Salim Ahmed Saeed and the corporation AISSOT associated with him are transshipping Iranian oil. Said himself denied any connection with the company.
In 2015, Iran, the US, Russia, France, the UK, Germany and China signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). States— the parties to the deal agreed not to impose sanctions on Tehran in exchange for its renunciation of the development of nuclear weapons, restrictions on the degree of uranium enrichment and access of IAEA inspectors to Iran's nuclear facilities.
Washington in 2018 During the presidency of Donald Trump, he pulled out of the deal, citing Tehran's violation of the agreements. Iran responded by enriching uranium above the permitted level.
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In the fall of 2021, US President Joe Biden announced his readiness to return to compliance with the terms of the nuclear deal if Iran takes similar steps. Negotiations between the parties took place in Doha at the end of June. The American side was represented by Special Envoy Robert Malley, the Iranian— Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani. Enrique Mora, Political Director of the EU Foreign Service, acted as the coordinator.
On June 30, Mora said that the parties had made no progress following the talks, Reuters reported. According to the Iranian agency IRNA, Iran considered the approach of the West to the negotiations “inadequate”. Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi noted that untrue accusations were made against Tehran, since the IAEA confirms the transparency and peaceful orientation of the country's nuclear program.
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