Iran warns US window for nuclear deal revival won’t remain open forever
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has warned the US that the window of opportunity for an agreement on reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal will not remain open forever.
In an interview with CNN aired on Wednesday, Iran's top diplomat urged Washington to adopt a constructive approach to salvage the accord.
Amir-Abdollahian said Iran has informed the US through mediators that the parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) are “on the path to reach an accord,” but warned that this might change if the US side hangs back.
“Our relationship with the IAEA is on its correct, natural path, and we have said this to the US side through mediators that we are on the path to reach an accord but if the Iranian Parliament adopts a new law, then we’ll have to abide by the parliamentary act,” he said.
“So the window for an accord is still open but this window will not remain open forever,” he added.
Amir-Abdollahian also made clear that the Islamic Republic of Iran has been and is the most committed of all the parties involved in the diplomatic endeavors to restore the JCPOA, which was abandoned by the United States in 2018.
“The party that left the JCPOA was [former US president Donald] Trump and the United States,” he said. “The United States should not adopt a deceptive behavior and instead should return to the JCPOA and adopt a constructive approach.”
“The US party has been sending us positive messages through diplomatic channels but in its media remarks, they made very deceptive remarks that are totally different, and really, as the Iranian foreign minister, sometimes I have serious doubts,” he added.
The Iranian foreign minister noted that even though the administration of President Ebrahim Raeisi sees some flaws and shortcomings in the JCPOA, it has decided to continue with the dialogue in order to restore the multilateral accord, provided that all the parties come back to the negotiating table and do their utmost to reach an agreement.
Iran showed to the world the peaceful nature of its nuclear program by signing the JCPOA with six world states — namely the US, Germany, France, Britain, Russia and China. But, Washington’s unilateral withdrawal in May 2018 and its subsequent re-imposition of sanctions against Tehran left the future of the deal in limbo.