Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Jawad Zarif called for the US to be ‘running out’ to ease sanctions.
Iran’s foreign minister has urged the United States to act swiftly to return to the 2015 nuclear deal, noting that legislation passed by Parliament is bound to toughen its nuclear stance if 21 US sanctions are not relaxed until February.
Mohammad Jawad Zarif also referred to the presidential election in Iran in June. If a staunch president is elected, this could threaten the deal.
“Time is running out for both the Parliament’s bill and the election environment, after the Iranian New Year,” Zarif said in an interview with the Humshahri newspaper published on Saturday. Iran’s new year begins on March 21.
The fundamentalist-dominated parliament passed a law in December that set a two-month deadline for relaxation of sanctions.
In the 2015 agreement between Iran and world powers, Tehran looked at its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.
Former US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the pact in 2018 and mounted a campaign of “maximum pressure” sanctions against Tehran. In response to the US move, Iran has complied with the provisions of the deal on uranium enrichment and stockpiling.
Biden has said that if Tehran strictly complies with the agreement, Washington will use the suit and as a springboard to a broader agreement that could restrict Iran’s missile development and regional activities.
Tehran has stressed that Washington eases sanctions before launching nuclear compliance, and denies negotiating broader security issues.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken discussed in a virtual meeting with his British, French and German counterparts with Iran on Friday how the group would revive the deal.
Zarif said in the interview, “The more America relaxes, the more it loses … It would appear that Mr. Biden’s administration does not want to rid itself of Trump’s failed legacy.”
“We do not need to return to the negotiating table. He said that America has to find tickets to come to the table.
On Monday, Zarif hinted that there is a way to resolve the impasse on which the move moves, saying the steps could be synchronized by a top EU official.
When asked about the proposal, US State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters on Tuesday that the US is “ready to walk the path of diplomacy – if Iran resumes that full compliance with the agreement”.
Separately, Iran’s foreign ministry said on Saturday that a new US stand on the Yemen war could be a helpful step.
Biden announced on Thursday the end of US support for the Saudi Arab-led conflict, indicating that the new administration is planning a more active US role in efforts to end the country’s civil war.
However, ending US support for the offensive would not affect any US operations against Yemen-based al-Qaeda, or AQAP, group, national security adviser Jake Sullivan in the Arabian Peninsula.
State spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh was quoted as saying, “For the Saudi coalition, there may be a step towards correcting the mistakes of the past, not the political gimmick”.
But he said, “It will not solve the problem of Yemen alone, and the air, sea and land blockade that killed thousands of people in the country due to lack of food and medicine should be removed, and military strikes of aggressive states in Saudi Arabia Should be eliminated under the leadership of “.