“It is surprising and regrettable that, in a situation where diplomatic interactions and exchanges of messages are continuing to finalize the negotiations,” the three European parties would issue such an “unconstructive” statement, Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani said.
“The three European countries are advised to play a more active role to provide a solution to end the few remaining disagreements instead of entering the phase of destroying the diplomatic process,” Kanaani said.
The remarks came after the trio on Saturday raised “serious doubts” about Iran’s sincerity in seeking a revived nuclear agreement, accusing the Islamic Republic of jeopardizing the prospects of reaching a deal with its position, AFP wrote.
They said Iran “has chosen not to seize this critical diplomatic opportunity” and has reopened issues related to the nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty.
Kanaani said it was “regrettable that the three European countries have taken a step in the path of the Zionist regime to defeat the negotiations with this ill-considered statement”.
“If such an approach continues, they must also accept responsibility for its results,” he said.
The 2015 agreement, known formally as the JCPOA, gave Iran sanctions relief in return for restricting its nuclear program. But in 2018, then president Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the deal and began reimposing sanctions, prompting Tehran to roll back on its commitments under the agreement.
The negotiations in Vienna since April 2021 have aimed to restore the deal by lifting the sanctions on Tehran.
Last month, the European Union, which acts as the mediator of the talks, put forward what it called a “final” draft of the agreement.
Iran and the U.S. then took turns to respond to the text, with Washington saying on Friday that Iran’s latest reply was a step “backwards”.
Kanaani said Saturday that “threats and sanctions” would not “prevent the Iranian people from pursuing their rights and securing their interests”.
Russia’s chief negotiator Mikhail Ulyanov, in a tweet, called the trio’s statement “very untimely” that came “right at a critical moment at the Vienna Talks and on the eve of the session of the IAEA Board of Governors”.
An expert close to the Iranian negotiating team described the U.S. and the three European signatories as “untrustworthy”.
“We cannot trust the Americans and Europeans,” Mohammad Marandi told the Lebanese Arabic-language Al Mayadeen television news network.
“The three European countries are all allies of the United States. They are not neutral, and we should not be deceived by their propaganda.”