Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said Friday that Iran is ready to resume talks on the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal but is doubtful about the seriousness of the administration of US President Joe Biden to return to the accord.
“The current US administration has not taken any serious and practical steps to return to its commitments and, contrariwise, has imposed new sanctions on Iran” Amir-Abdollahian told his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York.
“Iran doubts the seriousness of the Biden administration in returning to the JCPOA,” he said, using the official name of the nuclear deal from which former US president withdrew in 2018 and reimposed sanctions lifted under the accord.
The top diplomat said Iran is “rapidly reviewing” the minutes of the talks held in Vienna with JCPOA parties – France, Germany, Britain, China and Russia – since April in order to restart negotiations.
He said the new Iranian government, which took office in August, is “pragmatic” and regards negotiations as an “important tool of diplomacy”.
Amir-Abdollahian stressed that Iran wants to see “tangible results” from any talks aimed at reviving the multilateral pact.
Le Drianin said Paris is worried about delays in continuation of the Vienna talks and wants them to resume as soon as possible.