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Iran envoy: Biden has failed to fulfill promise to return to nuclear deal



Iran’s envoy to the United Nations (UN) says the administration of US President Joe Biden has failed to fulfill his campaign promise to return to the 2015 Iran nuclear accord.

Ambassador Majid Takht-Ravanchi said in a tweet on Tuesday that an ongoing meeting about the future of the Iran deal in the Austrian capital of Vienna marked an opportunity for the United States to return to the deal.

“Iran & P4+1 resuming nuclear talks in Vienna today,” Takht-Ravanchi said. “The US has so far failed to honor @POTUS campaign promise to rejoin the JCPOA. So this opportunity shouldn’t be wasted.”

“If US lifts all sanctions, Iran will then cease all remedial measures. Can be win-win situation for all,” he added.

The P4+1 is a reference to the United Kingdom, France, Russia, and China — four permanent members of the UN Security Council — and Germany, all of which are parties to the Iran deal.

The United States, originally a signatory to the deal, unilaterally withdrew participation under the presidency of Donald Trump in 2018.

Biden, who was vice president when the deal was reached back in 2015, had said during his campaign for presidency, that he would return the US to the deal if elected, but his administration has so far failed to take meaningful action on the pledge.

Tehran says Washington, in order to rejoin the deal, must first compensate for its past mistakes by removing all the sanctions that Trump imposed on Iran following withdrawal from the accord.

The US, however, says the ball is in Iran’s court, and that Tehran should first stop the retaliatory commitment reductions under Article 36 of the JCPOA before the sanctions are lifted.

The Iranian envoy’s remarks preceded a new round of talks between Iran and the five remaining signatories to the JCPOA in Vienna, Austria, on the future of the agreement and a possible US return to compliance with its obligations.

The talks, which just started at a hotel in Vienna, are chaired by senior Iranian negotiator Abbas Araqchi, deputy foreign minister for political affairs, and Enrique Mora, the deputy of European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell.

Earlier in the day, Iran’s Foreign Ministry reaffirmed in a statement that no representatives from the US are to attend the nuclear talks in Vienna, and that the Iranian delegation’s agenda does not feature any direct or indirect negotiations with Americans either.


Source: Press TV


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