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UPDATE 1-U.S. rescinds Trump White House claim that all U.N. sanctions had been reimposed on Iran

Michelle Nichols
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By Michelle Nichols

NEW YORK, Feb 18 (Reuters) - The United States on Thursdaytold the United Nations Security Council it was rescinding aTrump administration assertion that all U.N. sanctions had beenreimposed on Iran in September.

Acting U.S. Ambassador Richard Mills informed the 15-memberbody in a letter seen by Reuters.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken told European allieson Thursday that President Joe Biden's administration wasprepared to talk to Iran about both countries returning to a2015 deal that aims to stop Tehran from developing a nuclearweapon.

The Trump administration quit the pact in 2018. Then inAugust last year former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said hehad triggered a 30-day process at the Security Council that ledto the return of U.N. sanctions on Iran and stopped aconventional arms embargo on Tehran from expiring on Oct. 18.

Thirteen of the 15 Security Council members saidWashington's move was void because Pompeo used a mechanismagreed under the 2015 nuclear deal that the Trump administrationhad abandoned.

The Trump administration argued it had triggered the returnof sanctions - known as "snapback" - because a U.N. resolutionthat enshrined the 2015 nuclear pact still named the UnitedStates as a participant.(Reporting by Michelle NicholsEditing by Chris Reese and Howard Goller)