The Iranian government has reiterated that for a possible return of Washington to the Iranian nuclear program agreement, it will only return to the negotiating table with the United States if President Joe Biden ends the sanctions imposed by the Trump administration.
“The government of President Joe Biden must change Trump’s policy of maximum pressure on Iran. If they want to negotiate with us, they must first lift the sanctions,” said Iranian Foreign Minister Saeed Khatibzadeh.
“The refusal of the new US administration to return to the agreement is a historic mistake,” said Khatibzadeh, stressing that the country will continue to work with UN regulators.
During the election campaign and after he took office as the 46th American President, Biden said he was open to a US return to the international agreement on Iran’s nuclear program after his predecessor denounced the document in May 2018.
But declarations of intent on both sides have reached a dead end. Iran called for an end to US sanctions and the US called for Iranians to return to the terms of the deal as the conditions for resuming dialogue.
The two parties have been involved in a public pressure campaign aimed at sending the United States a signal of unification with its traditional allies and Iran taking advantage of the fact that the Biden government is still taking its first steps.
On Sunday, the White House signaled its “disenchantment” with the position of the Iranian government and said it would enter into dialogue with the other countries that have signed the agreement.