Iran’s top security official said the standoff at the Vienna talks for the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal can be resolved if the United States accepts Iran’s solutions.
“The Vienna talks have reached a point where the knot can be untied only through the adherence of the violating party to Iran's rational & principled solutions,” Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, tweeted on Saturday.
Shamkhani blamed the US and the European parties to the nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA, for “destroying” the chance to bring the landmark accord back to life.
“The United States, by breach of promise, and Europe, by inaction, destroyed the opportunity to benefit from Iran's proven goodwill,” he said.
Shamkhani, however, noted that Iran is ready to strike a deal to revive the JCPOA if the West demonstrates the will to return to its obligations.
“If they have the will to return, we are ready and an agreement is within reach,” he pointed out.
Talks to resurrect the JCPOA have been on hold since March, over the US refusal to meet Iran’s key demands including the removal of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) from its list of designated “terrorist” organizations.
On Friday, Iran and the European Union harbored hope that the stalled process would reach an agreement, following a trip to Tehran by the EU coordinator to the negotiations this week.
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Twitter that a “good and reliable outcome is within reach if US makes its decision and adheres to its commitments”.
The EU’s foreign policy chief said on Friday that he believed there had been enough progress during consultations between his deputy Enrique Mora and Iranian officials in Tehran to relaunch the Vienna talks after a two-month hiatus, adding that a final deal was within reach.
The US State Department on Friday accused Iran of insisting on “extraneous conditions” in the course of the talks.
"At this point a deal remains far from certain. Iran needs to decide whether it insists on extraneous conditions and whether it wants to conclude a deal quickly, which we believe would serve all side's interests. We and our partners are ready, and have been for some time," said a US State Department spokesperson on condition of anonymity, Reuters reported.
Iran has stressed that all US sanctions imposed after its 2018 unilateral withdrawal from the JCPOA must be removed under a deal to revive the nuclear pact.