President-elect Joe Biden is considering selecting veteran diplomat Antony Blinken as the US Secretary of State this week, as the president-elect forges ahead with assembling his cabinet week even though Donald Trump still refuses to concedeRead more at: https://bit.ly/2URSwlE
Blinken, who formerly served as deputy secretary of state in the Obama administration, has a long history of working with President Joe Biden.
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Point to be noted that senators voted 78-22 to approve Blinken (a longtime Biden confidant) as the nation’s 71st secretary of state, succeeding Mike Pompeo.58-years old Blinken served as deputy secretary of state and deputy national security adviser during the Obama administration.He has pledged to be a leading force in the administration’s bid to reframe the US relationship with the rest of the world.The US State Department officials said that Blinken is expected to start work on Wednesday after being sworn in.Blinken informed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at his 19th January confirmation hearing and said, “American leadership still matters.Blinken backed the so-called Abraham Accords, which normalized relations between Israel and several Arab states, and a tough stance on China over human rights and its assertiveness in the South China Sea.It is noteworthy that the Biden administration is interested in bringing Iran back into compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal from which Trump withdrew in 2018.Blinken inherits a deeply demoralized and depleted career workforce at the State Department.
After 4 years of Trump, the US' international image is justifiably damaged. President Biden and Antony Blinken have a chance to change that.
After 4 years of Trump, the US' international image is justifiably damaged. President Biden and Antony Blinken have a chance to change that.
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He continued a standoff with the Iranian supreme leader, who has demanded that sanctions be lifted before the country returns to its obligations under the 2015 nuclear deal.O’Donnell asked Biden, “Will the US lift sanctions first in order to get Iran back to the negotiating table?” Biden responded, “No, they have to stop enriching uranium first?” The US and other world powers agreed to lift crippling economic sanctions against Iran in exchange for limits on the country’s nuclear program under the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement.Point to be noted that former President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the deal in 2018 and re-imposed those sanctions.Iran announced in early January that it had resumed advanced uranium enrichment in violation of the terms of the 2015 deal.Last month, a global nuclear watchdog also informed the United Nations that Iran has started to manufacture equipment used to produce uranium metal, which can be used to make the core of a nuclear warhead.On Sunday, the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that the US must lift sanctions before Iran meets its commitments under the nuclear accords.The Iranian foreign minister said in November that the country would automatically return to its commitments if Biden lifts sanctions imposed by Trump.The US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said, “If Iran took the first step and came back into compliance with the terms of the deal as currently written, we would, too.
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