Iran blames US for delays to revive nuclear deal

This picture shows Iranian nuclear and pharmaceutical products exhibited in the capital Tehran, a day after the country marked the National Nuclear Technology Day, on April 10, 2022. (Photo: AFP)
TEHRAN — Iran on Monday said an agreement with world powers to revive the 2015 nuclear deal was still not in sight, blaming the US for the delay.اضافة اعلان

"More than one issue is still pending between Iran and the US," Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said.

"Messages (from Washington) sent through (EU coordinator Enrique) Mora these past weeks ... are far from providing solutions that could lead to an accord," he told reporters.

Iran has been engaged in efforts to revive the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Britain, China, France, Germany, and Russia directly, and the US indirectly since April 2021.

Mora, who coordinates the indirect US-Iran talks, visited Tehran last month for talks with Iranian officials, and later went to Washington.

At the time, Mora said he hoped to close the gaps remaining in the arduous negotiations.

The agreement fell apart in 2018, when then-president Donald Trump withdrew the US and reimposed crippling economic sanctions.

Iran, in response, began rolling back on most of its commitments under the accord.

Khatibzadeh on Monday blamed Washington for delays to restore the nuclear deal.

"The US are responsible for these delays, because they are taking their time to give replies" that would be suitable for Iran, he said.

Earlier this month, Khatibzadeh's counterpart in the State Department Ned Price said it was Tehran that was not giving way to make a deal possible, but that Washington still believed there was "opportunity to overcome our remaining differences."

Key among unresolved issues is a demand by Tehran that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the ideological arm of Iran's military, be removed from a US terror blacklist.

Washington has resisted the move.

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