“JCPOA cannot be renegotiated – period,” Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted on Thursday, referring to the historic nuclear accord of 2015. “If 2021 is not 2015, it's not 1945 either. So let's change UN Charter & remove the veto—so often abused by US.”
Zarif was responding to Wendy Sherman, US President Joe Biden’s nominee for deputy secretary of state, who said earlier that the facts on the ground have changed since the nuclear agreement was signed, calling for a “stronger” deal, Press TV wrote.
“I would note that 2021 is not 2015, when the deal was agreed, nor 2016, when it was implemented,” Sherman said during a Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday, according to The Washington Post.
“The facts on the ground have changed, the geopolitics of the region have changed, and the way forward must similarly change.”
Zarif said “let’s stop posturing” and get down to implementing the JCPOA, which was struck between Iran and six world powers, including the US, France, Germany, Britain, Russia and China, and was abandoned unilaterally by the US in May 2018.
Sherman, who had helped negotiate the JCPOA, suggested that Biden had deserted his presidential campaign promise to re-enter the deal, saying the US president’s goal was “a deal that is longer and stronger.”
Tehran has repeatedly ruled out any renegotiation of the already-negotiated deal, saying the only way to save the JCPOA is for the US to lift its sanctions on Iran and rejoin the accord.
The Islamic Republic also withstood almost three years of former US President Donald Trump’s draconian “maximum pressure” policy, which he implemented in hopes of forcing Iran to renegotiate a “better deal” than the JCPOA.
Sherman also suggested that Washington should keep some of the sanctions on Iran, even if the US returns to the JCPOA.
Call for ending sanctions
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday that lifting US sanctions on Iran over its nuclear work and returning to a 2015 nuclear deal will contribute to regional stability and economic prosperity.
Tehran and Washington have said they want the other side to move first to hold talks to salvage the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), under which Tehran secured an easing of sanctions by limiting its nuclear work, Reuters wrote.
Last month, Erdogan told President Hassan Rouhani in a phone call that he saw a window of opportunity for Iran and the United States, adding he wanted US sanctions on Tehran to be lifted.