US President Joe Biden said Sunday that the United States is "continuing to suffer" from former president Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.
"We're continuing to suffer from the very bad decisions president Trump made to pull out of the JCPOA," Biden told reporters at a press conference at the G20 in Rome, using the acronym for the formal name of the nuclear agreement, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, CNN reported.
The Iran nuclear deal was abandoned by the US under the Trump administration and talks to revive the deal in Vienna were suspended in late June after six rounds between Iran, China, Germany, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and – indirectly – the United States.
The Biden administration has pledged to reenter the deal, but the US president has yet to make tough decisions on how to do so.
Biden held a meeting three of the leaders of nations who are party to that deal – German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson – on Saturday at the G20. The leaders said afterward they are "convinced that it is possible to quickly reach and implement an understanding on return to full compliance" of the Iran nuclear deal.
US pledge of full compliance
In the joint statement, Biden also gave a pledge that if the US returns to the JCPOA, it will only subsequently leave if Iran “clearly breaks” the terms of the deal, the Guardian reported.
“We welcome President Biden’s clearly demonstrated commitment to return the US to full compliance with the JCPOA and to stay in full compliance, so long as Iran does the same,” the statement said.
Biden's commitment answered one of Iran's major demands during the Vienna talks.
The pledge was welcomed as “a positive development in the right direction” by Mikhail Ulyanov, the Russian ambassador to multilateral bodies in Vienna.
“It can become a good basis for finding appropriate language in an agreement on restoration of the JCPOA at the Vienna talks,” Ulyanov tweeted.
He urged all sides including Iran and the US to “undertake additional efforts to get the necessary result”.
The meeting came two days after the US imposed new sanctions on Iran related to its drone program and less than a week after Tehran announced it would return to talks in Vienna.
On Sunday, Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said if the US was serious about a deal, the Biden administration could issue an executive order rejoining the JCPOA.
“It is enough for Biden to issue an executive order tomorrow and they announce they are rejoining the pact from the point where his predecessor left the deal," Amir-Abdollahian said.
"If there is a serious will in Washington to return to the deal, there is no need for all these negotiations at all.”