White House breaks with Trump’s 'maximum pressure' policy, calls for Iran talks

February 19, 2021

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President Joe Biden is shown walking toward a podium with the White House crest on it and carrying a white piece of paper.

President Joe Biden arrives for a virtual event with the Munich Security Conference in the East Room of the White House, Feb. 19, 2021.

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In a break from the previous administration, the White House announced that it is ready to meet with Iran and other signatories of the 2015 nuclear deal. And, getting soldiers and militias fighting wars to lay down their weapons for a vaccine rollout seems unlikely. But Norwegian Refugee Council Secretary General Jan Egeland suggests it can happen, and it can be a first step to ending conflicts. Also, landing of Perseverance rover on Mars was accompanied by NASA's first-ever Spanish language broadcast for a planetary landing.

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