Negotiations to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal with world powers will fail unless US President Joe Biden can guarantee that Washington will not again abandon the pact, Iran’s top security official said on Wednesday.
“The US president, lacking authority, is not ready to give guarantees. If the current status quo remains unchanged, the result of negotiations is already clear,” Ali Shamkhani, the head of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, tweeted.
Iran seeks assurances from the United States that its future administrations would not renege on the nuclear agreement, known as the JCPOA, if the tattered pact is restored.
In April, Iran and the remaining parties to the JCPOA – Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany (P4+1) – started talks in Vienna to reinstate the deal, which former US president Donald Trump ditched three years ago before reimposing sanctions. However, the talks were put on hold before Iran’s presidential election in June that saw Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi winning the vote.
Iran is expected to give an exact date in the coming days for the resumption of talks with the powers, scheduled for end of November according to Iranian top nuclear negotiator Ali Baqeri-Kani.
On Saturday, Biden 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 leaders of JCPOA European parties welcomed the pledge, saying it “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”.
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.
In the meantime, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Sunday that as Iran prepares to resume nuclear negotiations, the US and European parties are looking into “other options” in case Iran is not prepared to negotiate in “good faith”.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday rejected Blinken’s remarks, saying “threats have never worked against Iran”.
“The supposed US ‘options’ have already been tested in our region. Resulting catastrophic US defeats & the mess left for others to address are evident for all to see,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh tweeted.
The most recent case in point was the hasty withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan in August after a two-decade-long invasion of the war-torn country, Press TV wrote.
Khatibzadeh also stressed that the US administration is to blame for the current state of the JCPOA.
“As the main culprit behind the current state of the JCPOA, the US should embrace lessons,” he added.