Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said Tuesday any talks to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal should result in “tangible results on the basis of respect for mutual interests”.
“The purpose of negotiations is not talking for the sake of talking, but to achieve tangible results on the basis of respect for mutual interests,” Amir-Abdollahian tweeted.
He added that the remaining parties to nuclear accord – Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany, known as the P4+1 – “should be ready for negotiations based on mutual interests and rights”.
Amir-Abdollahian also took a jab at the United States, which left the multilateral pact in 2018 and reimposed sanctions on Iran, for introducing new sanctions on the Islamic Republic and at the same time calling for talks.
“The White House calls for negotiations with Iran and claims to be ready to return to the JCPOA. Yet it simultaneously imposes new sanctions on Iranian individuals and entities,” he pointed out.
The top diplomat said Iran is “closely examining” US President Joe Biden's behavior.
On Friday, the US Treasury Department imposed a fresh sanctions on four individuals and two entities allegedly involved in promoting the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) programs of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and its Quds Force.
Iran said the move sends the message that the Biden administration “follows in the footsteps” of former president Donald Trump who walked out of the JCPOA launched a campaign of “maximum pressure” on the Islamic Republic.
Biden said Sunday that the US is "continuing to suffer" from Trump's decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal.
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 with 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.
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.
“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.
‘Objective guarantees’ needed
However, Republican Senator Ted Cruz said Biden, a Democrat, has “zero constitutional authority to make that commitment”.
The hawkish senator tweeted any deal with Iran needs to be “ratified by the Senate as a treaty which Biden knows will not happen”.
“It is a 100% certainty that any future Republican president will tear it up,” he added.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh reacted to Cruz’s tweet, saying that his remarks are a confession that US governments are “rogue”.
“The world is acutely aware of what Mr. Cruz confesses: that regimes in Washington are rogue,” Khatibzadeh tweeted back.
The spokesman said Biden has to “convince international community – including all JCPOA participants – that his signature means something”.
He also stressed the US government needs to give “anything less” than “objective guarantees” it would not renege on its pledge on the JCPOA.