Iran says a deal on reviving the landmark 2015 nuclear deal is possible if the United States agrees to lift all sanctions on Tehran.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh on Monday accused the United States of delaying a deal on reviving the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. , JCPOA, denouncing Washington’s double standards.
His remarks come as the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) recently adopted a resolution, proposed by the United States and the three European parties to the JCPOA – Britain, France and Germany, which accuses Tehran of not fully cooperating with the UN nuclear agency.
Referring to Iran’s efforts to advance the stimulus talks, Khatibzadeh noted that Iran had submitted its initiatives to Washington via European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell.
“Before the Board of Governors meeting, Iran’s initiative was conveyed to the other side through Borrell, and for the first time, through two foreign ministers, the initiative and the proposal of Iran have been transmitted and a roadmap has been submitted, but the United States once again decided to delay this agreement,” he said during a weekly press conference.
“If the United States fulfills its commitments under the JCPOA and the sanctions imposed on the nation of Iran, we can finalize an agreement based on the Iranian initiative.”
Khatibzadeh stressed Tehran’s adherence to diplomacy.
“The American side must return to the path of signing an agreement as soon as possible,” he said, expressing Tehran’s desire for “a good, lasting and effective agreement”.
Negotiations have been taking place in the Austrian capital of Vienna since April last year to reinstate the JCPOA, which was scrapped by former US President Donald Trump in May 2018.
By quitting the deal, Trump launched what he called the “maximum pressure” campaign to bring Iran to its knees. Tehran argues that the policy has failed miserably. Joe Biden’s administration agrees, but it has taken no tangible action to fulfill its promise to repeal the policy.
In recent months, Iran has cited Washington’s indecisiveness as the reason for extending the talks, as a number of key issues remain unresolved, ranging from the removal of all post-JCPOA sanctions to the provision of guarantees by the US side that it will not quit the case again.
Tehran hopes seized oil shipment will be released by Greece ‘in practice’
Meanwhile, Khatibzadeh expressed hope that cargo seized by Greece from an Iranian tanker will be released “in practice”.
According to a statement issued by Iran’s Ports and Maritimes Organization (PMO) on June 14, the Greek government ordered the release of the ship and its cargo despite sustained US efforts to do otherwise.
Late last month, Reuters quoted an unnamed Greek source as saying the US Justice Department had confiscated 700,000 barrels of Iranian oil cargo.
The source said the oil cargo had been transferred to another vessel leased by Washington and would be sent to the United States.
At the time, the PMO described the US seizure of the Iranian oil cargo as an “act of piracy” that was “in violation of international standards”.
Referring to the two Greek tankers that were recently seized by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in the Persian Gulf for violations, the spokesman said the vessels were subject to legal proceedings and the Greek government had attempted to provide documents to secure their release. .
Tehran and Athens had friendly relations before the unilateral imposition of sanctions against Iran and countries working with it. The export of Iranian oil to Greece has been halted following the bans.
“Lavrov will soon arrive in Iran”
Elsewhere in his remarks, Khatibzadeh announced that Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will arrive in Tehran “at the end of the current week”, noting that Tehran is seeking to strengthen cooperation in the Eurasia and Caucasus regions.
Trade ties between Iran and Russia exceeded $4 billion in value during the Iranian calendar year to March. However, both countries have insisted that the volume of trade could be more than doubled due to new geopolitical realities in the region.
Russia has been reeling from unprecedented economic sanctions by the United States and European countries since it launched a military operation in Ukraine in late February.
The two countries have significantly strengthened their relationship despite US sanctions, with Iran signing a deal with the Russian-led UEE bloc of Eurasian economies.