Biden: the goal is to return to “reaching understanding with allies”


US President-elect Joe Biden intends to make significant efforts to bring the United States back to efforts to “reach understanding with allies.”

The President-elect intends to work on returning the country to the list of participants in the joint agreement of the Western countries, Iran and Russia on the Iranian nuclear program, but does not plan significant changes in policy towards China

He announced this in an interview with the New York Times.

Biden noted that it won’t be easy to get the US back into the Iran deal it pulled out of in 2018, but Democrats support it.

“There is a lot of work ahead. I am focused on starting it as soon as possible, ”the politician said.

According to him, the future administration plans, in cooperation with allies and partners, to participate in negotiations and formulate additional agreements that would develop and extend the restrictions on the Iranian nuclear program, as well as concern the republic’s missile program.

At the same time, Biden noted that the agreement, which would control the nuclear development of Tehran, is “the best instrument for ensuring stability in the region.”

Otherwise, the democrat is sure, it will be necessary to beware of a situation in which Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Egypt and other countries of the region want to develop nuclear weapons.

“Building up nuclear capabilities in this part of the world is the last thing we want,” Biden said.

Recall that in 2018, President Trump announced the withdrawal of the United States from the agreement on the Iranian nuclear program and reinstated the previously lifted sanctions against Iran.

Later, the Trump administration introduced a number of other sanctions. Although its campaign to exert maximum pressure on Tehran had devastating consequences for the Iranian economy, Iran did not return to the negotiating table and did not stop interfering in the affairs of Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.

The administration also aims to further limit Tehran’s support for a number of pro-Iranian puppet militias in those countries.

The United States supplies high-tech weapons to the Arab monarchies of the Persian Gulf, which see Iran as an adversary.

Biden does not intend to change anything in the policy towards China pursued by the administration of the current President Donald Trump.

In particular, he said that for the time being he wants to keep in force the 25 percent tariffs imposed by the Trump administration on almost half of Chinese exports to the United States.

This also applies to the agreement reached between Washington and Beijing on the acquisition by China in 2020-2021 of US goods and services worth $ 200 billion in order to achieve a balance in trade between the two countries.

Biden made it clear that first he intends to assess the effectiveness and feasibility of these measures, and only then make any decisions on them.

“I am not going to take any immediate action, this also applies to tariffs. I’m not going to limit my choices, ”he said.

Biden explained that he first wants to consult with traditional US allies in Asia and Europe so that “a coherent strategy can be developed.”

“I think the best strategy for China is one that achieves a common understanding with our allies,” Biden said. “It will be my top priority in the first weeks of my presidency to return to efforts to reach understanding with our allies.”

Biden said that in his policy on US trade with the PRC, he will focus on making progress in eliminating “bad practices” by China.

Among such policies, he included the theft of intellectual property, dumping of goods, illegal subsidies of corporations, and coercion of technology transfers from American companies to Chinese corporations.

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