U.S. President Biden says he will not lift economic sanctions against Iran unless Tehran first cuts its uranium enrichment back to the level it agreed to in the 2015 international treaty aimed at restraining its development of nuclear weapons. Biden said on CBS in an interview that aired Sunday that he wants the U.S. to rejoin the nuclear treaty with Iran that former President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from, but when asked whether the United States would lift sanctions first to get Iran to return to negotiations, Biden replied simply, "No." Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on state TV that if the United States wants, quote, "Iran to return to its commitments, the U.S. must lift all sanctions in practice, then we will do verification and see if the sanctions were lifted correctly, and then we will return to our commitments," end quote. The pact had allowed Iran to enrich uranium at a 3.67 percent concentration level. But since mid-2019 after the U.S. withdrew from the pact, Iran has pushed enrichment levels back up to 20 percent. That's a level it had achieved before the accord. Experts say Tehran now has enough low-enriched uranium stockpiled for at least two nuclear weapons. But Iranian officials, to the long skepticism of Western governments, has long maintained that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes only.
The European Union's top diplomat on Sunday said Russia is rejecting constructive dialogue with the EU and that Europe must draw the consequences, including the possibility of new sanctions. In a blog post, Josep Borrell said the shock expulsion of three EU diplomats from Poland, Germany and Sweden during his two-day visit to Moscow showed that Russia, quote, "did not want to seize this opportunity to have a more constructive dialogue with the EU." Borrell's trip, which ended on Saturday, has been a controversial journey that divided the EU's 27 member states. France and Germany want dialogue with the Kremlin while other countries in the EU want to take a harder line against Russia.
Indian officials say more than 140 people are missing and feared dead after a large piece of a Himalayan glacier in northern India broke off and slammed into a dam early Sunday, causing a flood that forced the evacuation of downstream villages. Authorities say at least nine bodies have been recovered in the unfolding incident. Via remote, I'm Marissa Melton. You're listening to VOA news.
1. The U.S. must lift all sanctions in practice
in practice 实际上
Prisoners have legal rights, but in practice these rights are not always respected.
2. Indian officials say more than 140 people are missing and feared dead after a large piece of a Himalayan glacier in northern India broke off and slammed into a dam early Sunday
slam into 猛烈撞击
A projected track shows the hurricane should slam into Mexico's Yucatan Peninsular late Monday.
美国总统拜登表示，他不会解除对伊朗的经济制裁，除非德黑兰方首先将其铀浓缩活动削减到2015年伊朗在国际条约中同意的水平，该条约旨在限制伊朗发展核武器。拜登在哥伦比亚广播公司周日播出的一次采访中表示，他希望美国重新加入前总统特朗普退出的与伊朗的核条约，但当被问及美国是否会先解除制裁，让伊朗重返谈判时，拜登简单地回答说，“不会 。”伊朗最高领导人哈梅内伊在国家电视台上表示，如果美国希望“伊朗恢复其承诺，美国必须实际解除所有制裁，然后我们会核查制裁是否正确解除，随后我们会恢复我们的承诺 。”该核条约允许伊朗浓缩铀丰度限制在3.67% 。但自2019年年中美国退出该条约后，伊朗已将浓缩铀丰度水平推高至20% 。这是在达成协议之前曾达到的水平 。专家表示，德黑兰目前有足够的低浓缩铀储备，至少可用于制造两枚核武器 。但长期以来，伊朗官员一直坚持其核计划仅用于和平目的，西方政府对此持怀疑态度 。
欧盟高级外交官周日表示，俄罗斯拒绝与欧盟进行建设性对话，欧洲必须承担后果，包括可能实施新的制裁。约瑟普·博雷尔在博客中说，他在莫斯科为期两天的访问期间，俄罗斯驱逐波兰、德国和瑞典的三名欧盟外交官的行径令他震惊，这表明俄罗斯“不想抓住这个机会与欧盟进行更具建设性的对话”博雷尔的行程于周六结束，这是一次颇具争议的行程，令欧盟27个成员国产生分歧 。法国和德国希望与克里姆林宫对话，而欧盟其他国家则希望对俄罗斯采取更强硬的立场 。
印度官员表示，周日早些时候，印度北部喜马拉雅山脉的一大块冰川断裂，撞上大坝，引发洪水，下游村庄被迫疏散，目前有140多人失踪，恐怕已经死亡。印度当局表示，在这起事件中已至少找到9具尸体 。我是玛丽莎·梅尔顿，为您远程报道美国之音新闻 。