The spokesman for Iran’s Foreign Ministry said the time was not right for the talks given “recent actions” by the United States and European countries.
Iran has ruled out holding an informal meeting with the United States and European countries to discuss ways to revive its 2015 nuclear deal with the great powers, insisting that Washington must first lift all its unilateral sanctions. .
“In view of recent actions and statements by the United States and three European powers, Iran does not consider that the time has come to hold an informal meeting with these countries, which was proposed by the chief of foreign policy of the EU, “Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said. Sunday, according to Iranian media.
The United States in response said it was “disappointed” but remained “ready to re-engage in meaningful diplomacy to achieve a mutual return to honoring JCPOA commitments,” a White House spokeswoman said. , referring to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the official name of the Iran nuclear deal.
Iranian officials had said Tehran was considering a proposal from EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell to hold an informal meeting with other parties to the nuclear pact and the United States, which has reimposed sanctions against the Iran after then President Donald Trump left the deal in 2018.
The agreement signed in Vienna in 2015 saw Iran cut back its nuclear program in exchange for a gradual relaxation of international sanctions. But since the United States unilaterally withdrew from the deal and reimposed sanctions as part of a “maximum pressure” campaign against Tehran, Iran has stepped up its nuclear work in violation of the JCPOA.
Iran and President Joe Biden’s new U.S. administration are at odds over who should take the first step to relaunch the deal. Iran insists the United States must first lift the sanctions while Washington says Tehran must first return to respecting the agreement, which it has gradually violated.
She said she would consult with her signatory partners – China, France, Russia, Britain and Germany – on the best way forward.
Earlier Sunday, Iran’s nuclear chief urged the Board of Governors of 35 countries at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) not to endorse a US-led push to criticize Tehran’s decision to reduce its cooperation with the UN nuclear watchdog.
“If the IAEA Board of Governors adopts a resolution against Iran, we will show an appropriate reaction,” Ali Akbar Salehi said, according to Iranian news agency IRNA.
Diplomats said it was still not clear whether the council would pass a resolution at a quarterly meeting this week.
On February 23, Tehran stopped implementing the so-called Additional Protocol, which had allowed the IAEA to carry out rapid inspections in undeclared locations.
But as part of a Feb.21 deal, Tehran agreed to keep recording additional data as specified by the 2015 accord for up to three months, and to let the IAEA access it at the end if the sanctions were lifted.
Khatibzadeh said that in order for the United States to “end its illegal and unilateral sanctions and return to its commitments,” there is no need for “negotiation or resolution within the Board of Governors on nuclear oversight of the UN ”.