17 January 2023

Speaking alongside his British counterpart, Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated that “we stand with the British Government in condemning Iran’s execution of Iranian-British dual national Alireza Akbari, which was politically motivated and unjust. It fits a pattern of abuse by the regime: detentions, torture, forced confessions, unjust executions. We’ll continue to work with the UK and our other allies and partners to hold Iran’s leadership accountable for these and other abuses”. He further maintained: “The JCPOA has not been on the agenda as a practical matter for many months now. It’s not our focus. We’re focused on what’s happening in Iran. We’re focused on what Iran is doing in terms of the provision of weapons to Russia to use against innocent people and the entire energy grid in Ukraine. And of course, we’re focused on its other destabilising activities throughout the region”. “What is also very much in our focus is the President’s commitment, President Biden’s commitment that Iran never acquire a nuclear weapon. Now, we continue to believe that the most effective way to do that is through diplomacy… But, as I said, the JCPOA right now is not on the table”, Blinken emphasised.

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