Iran to decide nuke deal revival based on US action, not words: Iranian FM

Xinhua , Monday 25 Sep 2023

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said the country will make its decision on the revival of a 2015 nuclear deal based on Washington's "practical action," not its repeated "positive messages."

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian
File Photo: Iran s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian participates in a press conference in Tehran. AFP


He made the remarks in an interview with Iran's official news agency IRNA on Sunday, at the end of his seven-day trip to New York for the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

The minister said Tehran has received positive messages from Washington but will judge those messages based on America's "political action."

Amir-Abdollahian said the exchange of indirect messages between Iran and the United States continues, stressing that Tehran will continue its efforts to lift the sanctions through diplomacy and negotiations.

He, however, stressed, "We, under no circumstances, tolerate the US hypocritical moves and behavior. It is not like that everything always necessarily passes through the JCPOA's channel (for Iran). Iran's hands are not tied."

He emphasized that if the Americans and other parties have the necessary determination, an agreement will be within reach under the framework of the previously-held negotiations in the Austrian capital Vienna and based on Iran's priorities.

Iran signed the nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), with world powers in July 2015, agreeing to put some curbs on its nuclear program in return for the removal of sanctions on the country.

The US, however, pulled out of the deal in May 2018 and reimposed its unilateral sanctions on Tehran, prompting the latter to drop some of its nuclear commitments under the deal.

The talks on the revival of the JCPOA began in April 2021 in Vienna, Austria. Despite several rounds of talks, no significant breakthrough has been achieved since the end of the last round in August 2022.

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