US not serious about returning to nuclear deal: Iran FM

2021-11-01 18:54:53
US not serious about returning to nuclear deal: Iran FM

Iran’s foreign minister says the United States, despite its verbal claims, is not serious about returning to the nuclear deal with Tehran from which Washington withdrew under former President Donald Trump back in 2018.

In an interview with Iran daily newspaper on Sunday, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian reflected on the recent talks held in the Austrian capital, Vienna, to remove unlawful sanctions imposed by the US on Iran following Trump’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

“When I was in New York [to attend the UN General Assembly's meeting], I received demands [for Iran] to return to the Vienna talks and restart negotiations from the point that the parties had reached before Iran stopped taking part in those talks,” he said.

The remarks came a day after the US and its European allies said Iran needed to change course in order to “quickly reach and implement an understanding on returning to the full compliance” with the JCPOA, in remarks that followed the announcement of fresh US sanctions on the Islamic Republic, which, according to Iran, proved that the US “is not trustworthy at all.”

“I personally believe that if there were serious will in America to return to the JCPOA, there would be no need to all these talks. It would be enough for the US President [Joe Biden] to issue an executive order tomorrow and announce that they would return to the point where Trump left [the JCPOA],” Iran’s top diplomat said.

“The problem, however, is that we hear in their messages that the Americans do possess this will and intent, but we do not see it in their actions,” he added.

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