An Iranian government official said on Sunday that Tehran wouldn’t accept to resume talks to salvage a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers that former U.S. president Donald Trump denounced, demanding the U.S. lift economic and trade sanctions against the country.
- “The U.S. should end its illegal and unilateral sanctions and return to its JCPOA commitments,” said a foreign ministry spokesman quoted by The Wall Street Journal. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is the formal name of the 2015 deal.
- President Joe Biden had said on Wednesday that the U.S. was ready for talks on how both sides could resume compliance with the agreement.
- The new U.S. administration has insisted that Iran should first comply with the agreement, which it has gradually breached in the last two years, before formal, direct talks can happen.
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The outlook: Iran’s decision is hardly the end of the diplomatic story.
A White House spokesperson said Washington was “disappointed” by Iran’s decision, but remained “ready to reengage in meaningful diplomacy to achieve a mutual return to compliance” with the 2015 accord.
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