Iran foreign minister says US ‘main culprit’ for nuclear deal problems

2021-11-09 16:56:56
Iran foreign minister says US ‘main culprit’ for nuclear deal problems

Iran’s foreign minister says the United States is to blame for the current situation surrounding the Iran nuclear agreement.

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian also said the European countries’ lack of commitment to the deal has added to the distrust caused by the US withdrawal.

“The US is the main culprit over the current situation,” Iran’s top diplomat said in a telephone conversation with his German counterpart Heiko Maas on Monday night.

“The US withdrawal and the three European countries’ reneging on their commitments have increasingly raised distrust,” he said. “Therefore, the complete lifting of sanctions is a necessity.”

Amir-Abdollahian urged the European signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal to refrain from issuing provocative statements, saying the Islamic Republic will not give in to threats that create a “false hype” around the Vienna talks aimed at removing Washington’s anti-Iran sanctions.

“Any inaccurate comments that are contrary to realities could jeopardize the ongoing efforts” meant to get the multilateral nuclear agreement, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), back on track, the chief Iranian diplomat said.

Envoys from Iran and the P4+1 group of countries — Britain, France, Russia, and China plus Germany — are expected to hold the seventh round of discussions in the Austrian capital on November 29.

The negotiations were paused in June, when Iran held a presidential election. Since then, the new Iranian administration has been reviewing the details of the six rounds of discussions held under the previous administration.

Maas, for his part, said Germany understands Iran’s distrust and that his country would work to return the US to the JCPOA and bring the Vienna talks to a conclusion.

He also pointed to German companies’ interest in working with Iran, expressing hope that such cooperation would be strengthened by resolving the current problems.

Former US president Donald Trump left the JCPOA in May 2018 and re-imposed the anti-Iran sanctions that the deal had lifted. He also placed additional sanctions on Iran under other pretexts not related to the nuclear case as part of his “maximum pressure” campaign.

Following a year of strategic patience, Iran resorted to its legal rights under the JCPOA, which grants a party the right to suspend its contractual commitments in case of non-compliance by other signatories, and let go of some of the restrictions imposed on its nuclear energy program.

The US administration of Joe Biden has said it is willing to compensate for Trump’s mistake and rejoin the deal, but it has shown an overriding propensity for maintaining some of the sanctions as a tool of pressure.

Tehran insists that all sanctions should first be removed in a verifiable manner before the Islamic Republic reverses its remedial measures.


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