Top American envoy Blinken says Iran needs to return to nuclear deal before US

Biden’s new secretary of state, on his first full day in role, rejects Iranian pressure for Washington to take action first, says process of return will be a long one

Antony Blinken, accompanied by his wife Evan Ryan, arrives for his ceremonial swearing-in as Secretary of State, Washington, January 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

WASHINGTON — The United States will only return to the Iran nuclear deal once Tehran meets its commitments, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Wednesday, warning of a long road until verification.

On his first full day as the top US diplomat, Blinken confirmed President Joe Biden’s willingness to return to the deal trashed by his predecessor but rejected Iranian pressure for the United States to act first.

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