0846 GMT December 02, 2022
Iran is constantly exchanging indirect messages with the United States on the revival of a 2015 nuclear deal and removal of the sanctions, said the foreign minister.
Making the remark in an address to reporters on the sidelines of a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian added the latest messages were exchanged between the two sides 72 hours ago, IRNA reported.
He noted that the United States is behaving “really hypocritically” toward Iran in the nuclear negotiations, stressing that the Americans send messages that they are in a hurry to reach an agreement on the nuclear deal’s revival, on the one hand, and give interviews and say the restoration of the deal is not their priority, on the other.
Amir-Abdollahian gave the assurance that Iran will continue its work with strength to lift the sanctions, stressing that, “We did not negotiate for the sake of mere negotiation, but to achieve results.”
Iran signed the nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), with the P5+1 in July 2015, agreeing to put some curbs on its peaceful nuclear program in return for the removal of the sanctions on the country. The United States, however, under former president Donald Trump pulled out of the deal in May 2018 and reimposed its sanctions on Iran, prompting the latter, after a year of strategic patience, to reduce some of its nuclear commitments under the JCPOA as part of its reprisal measures.
The talks on the JCPOA’s revival began in April 2021 in Vienna. No breakthrough was achieved in the diplomatic process, however, after several rounds of negotiations, of which the latest was held in early August.
Speaking to reporters in Paris on Monday, the U.S. special envoy for Iran, Robert Malley, ruled out any push for stalled talks to revive the JCPOA, saying Washington would continue its policy of pressure and sanctions against Tehran, amid pressure from anti-Iran groups and figures who have called on the U.S. government to banish diplomacy and pursue a confrontational approach toward the Islamic Republic, according to Press TV.
Malley also insisted on blaming Iran for the failure of the talks to revive the nuclear deal, saying, “If these negotiations are not happening, it’s because of Iran’s position and everything that has happened since (September).”
He added that the U.S. focus has shifted away from reviving the JCPOA over claims that Iran is allegedly cracking down on protesters and selling drones to Russia to be used in the war in Ukraine, both of which have been rejected vehemently by Tehran.