Top officials in both Iran and therefore the U.S. have said their nations won’t give any concessions within the bid to revive the Iran nuclear deal, because the two sides remain hostile over the way to save the accord.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, secretary of state Javad Zarif and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Wednesday that their proposed pathways to Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) revival are clear, and put the onus on the opposite side to form subsequent move.
President Joe Biden and Rouhani have jointly been clear on their wish to return to compliance with the 2015 contract, which to be found limits on Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions release.
The U.S. left obedience under former President Donald Trump, and then introduced new sanctions on Iran. Tehran began violating the deal after Trump’s withdrawal from the JCPOA, and has since expanded its nuclear program far beyond what’s allowed under the deal.
Iran says it’ll not reduce its nuclear activity until Biden lifts all Trump-era sanctions. But the White House has said it will not do so up to Iran returns to it complete compliance with all JCPOA terms.
The U.S. has offered talks with the opposite JCPOA signatories and rescinded United Nations sanctions Trump claimed to possesls reimposed—the UN Security Council disputed this—but Iran is sticking to its guns.
Meanwhile, attacks by Iran-aligned militias in Iraq, intensified operations by Iran-backed Yemeni Houthi rebels against Saudi Arabia, and tensions between Tehran and Israel are all threatening the prospect of future talks.
The Biden administration also announced new sanctions on two Iranian officials in the week for human rights abuses committed while suppressing protests in 2019.
Zarif said Wednesday that Iran doesn’t trust the U.S. and its Western allies. “It is Iran that’s distrustful of the Western countries that haven’t implemented the nuclear deal properly and properly,” he told reporters in Tehran, consistent with the state-run Fars press agency.
“Iran has always fulfilled its undertakings and it’s the U.S. that has reserved from the nuclear deal,” Zarif added.
Rouhani, meanwhile, told British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday that “the path is obvious,” consistent with the Tasnim press agency. “It is the lifting of sanctions and therefore the U.S. fulfilling of its commitments, and there’s no other option,” the president said.
Blinken told the House Foreign Affairs Committee Wednesday there would be no more American concessions in pursuit of a affect Iran. Tehran reached a affect South Korea in the week to unfreeze billions of dollars held in Korea banks, but Blinken said the cash won’t be released until Tehran returns to full JCPOA compliance.
“If Iran comes back to compliance with its obligations under the nuclear agreement, we might do an equivalent thing,” Blinken said when asked about the cash. “That would involve—if it came thereto, if Iran made good on its obligations—sanctions relief pursuant to the agreement.”
Asked a few potential meeting, Blinken noted Iran’s refusal to attend talks. “”We said we might attend. Iran thus far has said no. i feel the ball is in their court to ascertain if they’re serious about engaging or not,” Blinken said.
State Department spokesperson Ned Price said in the week that American patience isn’t “unlimited,” again stressing that the U.S. is dedicated to a diplomatic solution to the nuclear standoff.