Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif talked to his British counterpart on phone about revival of the 2015 nuclear agreement, stressing that the United States must end using economic war against Iran as a negotiating leverage.
“Agreed in phone call with FM @DominicRaab on need to resume full compliance with the JCPOA.
“Underlined that US must return fully to its obligations & cease trying to use unlawful economic war against Iran as negotiating “leverage".
“Also discussed bilateral & consular issues,” Zarif wrote on his Twitter account referring to his Friday telephone conversation with British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab.
Since April, representatives from Iran and the P4+1 group of countries (Britain, Russia, France, Germany and China) have been holding talks in Vienna aimed at revitalizing the nuclear agreement and bringing the US, which left the agreement in 2018, back to compliance.
The US has sent a delegation in Vienna but it is not attending the JCPOA Joint Commission talks directly as Washington is no more a party to the deal. Though it has held separate talks with the other parties to the JCPOA.
The US, under former president Donald Trump, left the JCPOA in 2018 and returned the sanctions that had been lifted against Tehran as part of the agreement.
President Joe Biden has said Washington is willing to return to the pact if Tehran first suspends its countermeasures taken in response to US violations and reimpostion of sanctions.
Iran says the onus is on the US to revive the deal as it was Washington and not Tehran that left the internationally recognized accord in defiance of global criticism.
The JCPOA Joint Commission has so far held fifth round of talks in the Austrian capital. Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi represents Tehrabn in the nuclear negotiations.
Speaking to reporters at the end of the fifth round of talks on June 3, Araqchi said that certain important issues still remain to be hammered out by Tehran and its partners in the 2015 nuclear deal before they can reach an agreement on a potential revival of the accord, stressing that the onus is now on the US and the other co-signatories to make “difficult decisions” for that to happen.
“It is not us but…the signatories to the JCPOA and the United States that must…take their own difficult decisions and adapt themselves to the positions of the Islamic Republic,” Araqchi added, noting, “If this happens, we can naturally reach an agreement. Otherwise, we will either have no agreement or hold more consultations,” Press TV reported.