“The release of the resources of the Islamic Republic of Iran, return of money that is from the export of goods and services, has nothing to do with third countries,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said at a weekly press conference in Tehran.
Khatibzadeh slammed Washington’s interference in issues related to Iran.
“The fact that the United States is trying to intervene in any issue related to Iran shows how far it is from its claims,” he added.
“A delegation came to Iran and an agreement was reached on the release of part of Iran’s assets”, the spokesman explained, adding that Iran “will not allow the US to interfere in its affairs”.
“What we are doing is certainly in the interests of the Iranian nation,” he said.
His comments came after US State Department spokesperson Ned Price said US partners have not released any blocked funds to Iran, nor has Washington authorized or approved any such funds to Iran.
In comments at a joint press conference with his visiting Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hussein on Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said an “initial agreement” has been reached to release Iran’s funds held by a foreign bank.
Khatibzadeh also said that no agreement will be struck through the Vienna talks on the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal until there is total consensus on the main issues of contention.
“We will not agree on anything until we agree on the generalities,” he said, hinting at an impasse in the course of multilateral talks that began over a year ago in the Austrian capital, according to Press TV.
Khatibzadeh said that certain issues remain unresolved and that the deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), will not be subjected to any changes under a new agreement that would resuscitate the deal.
“We can say an agreement [in Vienna] is at hand once the remaining issues are resolved,” he said, adding, “What is being negotiated in Vienna is in compliance with the JCPOA. Both the deal and the UN Security Council Resolution 2231 are the benchmarks for the talks. Messages are being exchanged between Tehran and Washington via [European Union deputy foreign policy chief Enrique] Mora.”
Khatibzadeh described the atmosphere of the Vienna talks as positive, noting that Tehran and the P4+1 group of countries — Britain, France, Germany, Russia, and China — have done everything they could and are now waiting for a proper response from Washington to address the existing concerns.
“Washington has adopted a policy of procrastination,” the Iranian diplomat lamented. “[But] the atmosphere of the Vienna talks is still appropriate to resurrect the JCPOA.”
Negotiations have been held in the Austrian capital since April last year to restore the 2015 Iran deal, which was ditched by former US President Donald Trump in May 2018.
In recent months, Iran has cited Washington’s indecisiveness as the reason behind the protraction of the talks, as a number of key issues remain unresolved, ranging from the removal of all post-JCPOA sanctions to the provision of guarantees by the American side that it will not leave the deal again.