Blaming the US for its unilateral exit from the nuclear deal in 2018, Iran said Monday Washington has no right to call for credit and must now show itself to be reliable and willing to conform to international norms to comply rejoin agreement.
“The country that unilaterally withdrew from the deal signed in 2015 has impeded reaching an agreement based on common interests … has imposed illegal, unilateral and irrational sanctions (on Iran) and has no right to be a plaintiff and Strike the pose of a believer,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Nassar Kanaani told reporters during his weekly news briefing on Monday.
While discussing the revival of the nuclear deal, the spokesman for Iran’s Foreign Ministry said that Tehran is waiting for a US response.
He blamed Washington for the current situation and said the responsibility rests with the US to prove itself trustworthy enough to rejoin the deal. “The US government must take a constructive approach to reaching an agreement,” Kanaani noted.
The landmark nuclear deal with Iran, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was reached by seven countries on July 14, 2015 after several years of grueling negotiations. It would have secured the lifting of sanctions against Tehran in exchange for a limit on Iran’s uranium enrichment.
In 2018, however, President Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, calling it “a terrible unilateral deal that should never, ever have been made,” and claiming the deal “didn’t bring calm, it didn’t bring peace.” , and it never will.”
Trump’s decision drew criticism from European leaders, who urged Washington not to back out of the deal and lobbied hard to save it. After Trump’s decision, the US again imposed strict sanctions on Iran.
After President Biden took office, talks to revive the deal began in Vienna in April 2021 but were put on hold in March this year over differences between Tehran and Washington.
The latest round of nuclear talks took place in the Austrian capital in early August, with indirect negotiations between the US and Iranian officials. As Iran demanded stronger guarantees to revive the deal, the US said Tehran’s response has set negotiations back a step.
Israel has also pressed to ensure its reservations about the deal are heard, with some suggesting it is time to start discussing a new deal.
Although Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, experts warn Tehran has enough enriched uranium to build a nuclear bomb. Tensions between the US and Iran escalated following the US withdrawal from the deal.
In an apparent show of force against Iran, the US military on Sunday flew two long-range nuclear-capable B-52 Stratofortresses bombers. It was the fourth such mission this year in the Middle East.
Earlier this year, the US also launched a joint fleet of unmanned drones in the Middle East with allied nations. The US Navy is currently working with Israel, Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern nations to deploy a network of unmanned drones to contain Iran in the region.
The US military also recently launched retaliatory strikes against Iran-backed forces in Syria.
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