Iran on Sunday urged the United States to abandon its unilateralist approach to the 2015 nuclear deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
“If the United States puts aside its unilateralism… the Vienna talks will proceed in better direction,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh told reporters at his weekly briefing, referring to negotiations Iran and the remaining JCPOA parties, known as the P4+1, have held in the Austrian capital since April to revive the tattered deal.
Khatibzadeh labeled the US as the “main culprit” in pushing the JCPOA to the verge of collapse through its unilateral withdrawal from the accord in 2018.
Former US president Donald Trump walked out the landmark agreement signed between Iran and world powers three years ago and reinstated sanctions lifted under the JCPOA.
Iran and other JCPAO members – France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia – have met several times in Vienna to bring back the US in compliance with the deal after US President Joe Biden voiced willingness to reenter the pact.
Iran has stressed that the US must remove all sanctions Trump imposed verifiably before rejoining the multilateral agreement.
Khatibzadeh reiterated Sunday that Tehran needs to make sure whether Washington can be trusted in its willingness to meet its JCPOA obligations again in a verifiable way.
He pointed out that Iran does not take on any more commitments beyond the nuclear deal, nor does it accept benefits beneath what the JCPOA had promised.
Meeting with JCPOA FMs
The spokesman said Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian will hold separate meetings with French, German, British, Chinese and Russian counterparts during his trip to New York to take part in the 76th UN General Assembly.
Amir-Abdollahian is set to leave Tehran for New York on Monday, Khatibzadeh said.
He added that Iran would mull over a P4+1 meeting if it finds the gathering “in the direction of useful talks”.
“If there was a special agenda, it could be held collectively between Iran and the P4+1, but no decision has been made yet,” the spokesman said.
Khatibzadeh also said the Iranian foreign minister has no plans to meet with US officials in New York.