Iran’s prime safety official struck an uncompromising tone on Friday over stalled nuclear negotiations between Tehran and world powers, saying the present impasse can solely be damaged if the US concedes to Iran’s calls for.
The US and Iran have engaged for over a yr in oblique talks in Vienna geared toward reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which former President Donald Trump deserted in 2018.
The talks have stalled since March, reportedly over an Iranian demand to have the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) faraway from the US Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) listing. The US had designated the IRGC as a overseas terrorist group underneath Trump in 2019.
“The Vienna talks have reached a stage where the knot can only be untied if [the US] adheres to the logical and principled solutions of Iran,” Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, wrote on Twitter.
“If they have the will to return [to the deal], we are ready and an agreement is within reach,” he added.
Shamkhani’s tweet got here hours after optimistic remarks by EU overseas coverage chief Josep Borrell who earlier on Friday mentioned the stalled negotiations with Iran had been “reopened” following a visit by EU envoy Enrique Mora to Tehran.
Mora, who’s tasked with coordinating the talks, met with Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri-Kani within the Iranian capital this week.
Following Borrell’s feedback, a US State Department spokesperson mentioned it remained uncertain whether or not the 2015 deal could be revived.
“We and our partners are ready, and have been for some time. It’s now up to Iran,” the spokesperson mentioned.
The 2015 deal provided Iran sanctions aid in trade for curbs on its nuclear program.
Trump withdrew Washington from the deal in 2018 and reimposed sweeping sanctions on Tehran, saying the deal failed to deal with Iran’s ballistic missile program and regional actions and it didn’t block Iran’s path to a nuclear weapon.
Iran, which insists its nuclear program is for peaceable functions solely, responded by increasing its nuclear program, breaching many of the deal’s restrictions.