Tehran is prepared to interact in direct talks with Washington if negotiations to revive the Iranian nuclear deal attain a complicated stage that requires such dialogue, Iran’s overseas minister has mentioned.
Hossein Amirabdollahian’s remarks on Monday got here as United States officers have been urging direct negotiations to revive the 2015 accord, formally referred to as the Joint Complete Plan of Motion (JCPOA).
“Studies saying that Iran and the US are straight negotiating with each other are unfaithful,” Amirabdollahian mentioned throughout a information convention within the Iranian capital, Tehran.
“Nonetheless, if we get to a stage the place reaching a very good cope with sturdy ensures necessitates direct talks with the US, we are going to think about it.”
Iran had beforehand dominated out direct conferences with the US. As an alternative, the 2 sides have been negotiating not directly in Vienna to revive the deal, which noticed Iran reduce its nuclear programme in trade for lifting worldwide sanctions towards its economic system.
In a while Monday, US President Joe Biden’s administration reiterated its name for direct talks.
“Assembly straight would allow extra environment friendly communication, which is urgently wanted to swiftly attain an understanding on a mutual return to JCPOA compliance,” a Division of State spokesman advised the AFP information company.
Final month, Robert Malley, the US particular envoy for Iran, advised Al Jazeera that US diplomats are prepared to satisfy their Iranian counterparts “at any time and anywhere”.
“We’re ready to satisfy with them head to head,” Malley mentioned. “We predict it’s far superior to oblique negotiations. And we’re coping with one thing this advanced, with a lot distrust, with a lot potential for misunderstanding.”
Former US President Donald Trump withdrew Washington from the accord in 2018 and began a “most strain” marketing campaign of sanctions towards Tehran, which responded by advancing its nuclear programme nicely past the boundaries set by the JCPOA.
Biden has pledged to revive the deal, however a number of rounds of talks within the Austrian capital have didn’t safe a path again into the settlement thus far.
The US administration says stopping Iran from buying a nuclear weapon is one in every of its overseas coverage priorities, however Tehran has denied it’s searching for nuclear weapons.
Requested whether or not persevering with oblique negotiations in Vienna may revive the JCPOA, Biden advised reporters final week, “It’s not time to surrender”.
“There’s some progress being made. The P5+1 is on the identical web page. Nevertheless it stays to be seen,” Biden mentioned, referring to the unique signatories to the deal: the 5 everlasting members of the United Nations Safety Council – the US, UK, Russia, China and France – plus Germany.
Malley mentioned on Sunday that whereas American diplomats are working to revive the nuclear settlement, they’re additionally pushing for the discharge of 4 US residents imprisoned in Iran whom the US views as hostages.
“I’ll say it is extremely exhausting for us to think about getting again into the nuclear deal whereas 4 harmless Individuals are being held hostage by Iran,” Malley advised the Reuters information company.
Tehran on Monday rejected linking the nuclear talks to the prisoners’ launch.
“Iran has by no means accepted any preconditions … The US official’s feedback on the discharge of US prisoners in Iran is for home use,” Iranian overseas ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh mentioned.
US officers have careworn that there’s restricted time to salvage the JCPOA, with Iran gaining irreversible nuclear experience.
“If a deal is just not reached within the subsequent few weeks, Iran’s ongoing nuclear advances will make it unimaginable to return to the JCPOA,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken mentioned final week. “However proper now, there’s nonetheless a window, a quick one, to carry these talks to a profitable conclusion and deal with the remaining considerations of all sides.”