Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said Iran could reverse violations of the nuclear deal once US sanctions are lifted.
Iran will not accept US demands that it cancel the acceleration of its nuclear program before Washington lifts sanctions, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said.
The request “is not practical and will not happen,” he told a joint press conference in Istanbul on Friday with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu.
The new administration of US President Joe Biden has said Tehran must resume compliance with restrictions on its nuclear activity under the 2015 World Powers deal before it can join the pact officially known as the Plan of Action. global joint (JCPOA).
Iran violated the terms of the deal in a step-by-step response to Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump’s decision to abandon the deal in 2018 and reimpose sanctions on Tehran.
Earlier this month, Iran resumed 20% uranium enrichment at its Fordow underground nuclear power plant – a level it had reached before the deal.
However, Iran has said it can quickly reverse these violations if US sanctions are lifted.
“If the United States fulfills its obligations, we will fully meet our obligations,” Zarif said.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday rejected Iranian pressure to make the United States act first.
“Iran is not compliant on several fronts,” Blinken said at a press conference in Washington, DC.
“And it would take some time, if he makes the decision to do that, for him to come back into compliance and time for us then to assess whether he is fulfilling his obligations,” Blinken told a conference. Press.
Zarif quickly responded on Twitter, claiming that Iran had “complied with the JCPOA” and had only taken “the corrective measures planned”.
“Reality check for @SecBlinken: US has violated (the) JCPOA,” Zarif tweeted.
Reality check for @SecBlinken:
-food / drugs blocked for Iranians
-adhesion punished with UNSCR 2231
Throughout this sordid mess, Iran
-only taken the corrective measures planned
Now who should take the first step?
Never forget Trump’s maximum failure.
– Javad Zarif (@JZarif) January 28, 2021
Iran’s extremist-dominated parliament passed a law last month that requires the government to toughen its nuclear stance if US sanctions are not relaxed within two months.
Zarif also condemned US sanctions against Turkey following Ankara’s decision to acquire Russian S-400 defense systems.
“The US government is addicted to sanctions… and it hurts the world and the United States itself,” he said.