“Only Iran speaks for Iran. Our mandate is to engage in only RESULTS-oriented dialogue,” Saeed Khatibzadeh said in a tweet on Friday.
Referring to the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Khatibzadeh rejected talks for the sake of talks and "the fallacy that economic terrorism works."
The spokesman’s tweet came after Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, currently in New York City for the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly, said Tehran is ready to resume talks on the JCPOA revival “very soon” but the administration of US President Joe Biden is sending a “negative sign” by keeping illegal sanctions on Tehran, Press TV wrote.
In an interview with NBC News on Thursday, the top Iranian diplomat said [US President Joe] Biden needed to back up his talk of diplomacy with concrete actions to show Iran that Washington is serious about restoring the nuclear deal.
Addressing the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, Biden announced his willingness to rejoin the JCPOA and resolve the issue with Iran over its peaceful nuclear program.
The US president said Washington was "working" with China, France, Russia, Britain and Germany to "engage Iran diplomatically and to seek a return to" the JCPOA.
"We're prepared to return to full compliance if Iran does the same," he said.
Iran and world powers, including the US, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany, struck the JCPOA on July 14, 2015. Under the accord, Iran agreed to scale back some of its nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief.
However, the US, under former President Donald Trump, unilaterally withdrew from the deal and reinstated crippling sanctions on the Islamic Republic, although the country had been fully compliant with the deal.
In early April, Iran and the remaining parties to the JCPOA began to hold talks in Vienna, Austria, after the Biden administration voiced willingness to rejoin the nuclear agreement and remove the draconian sanctions his predecessor slapped on the Islamic Republic.
Since the beginning of the Vienna talks, Tehran has argued that the US—as the first party that violated the JCPOA—needs to take the first step by returning to full compliance with the agreement. Tehran also says it will resume all of its nuclear commitments under the deal only after the US removes all the sanctions in practice.
The negotiations were paused soon after the victory of Ebrahim Raeisi in Iran’s June 18 presidential election.