Washington’s call for Tehran’s full compliance with the terms of the nuclear deal is absurd since the United States itself remains outside of it, Ismail Baghaei Hamaneh, Iran’s permanent representative to the UN office in Geneva, said.
“It is absurd to repeat asking Iran to return to full compliance with the agreement while you either withdraw from the agreement and completely violate its terms or continue not to fulfill your obligations,” the Iranian permanent representative said, speaking by video link at a disarmament conference in Geneva.
He added that it was the responsibility of the “guilty party” to return to the deal, renegotiate it, and compensate for the damage, which must also prove that it will no longer deviate from the terms of the agreement.
Earlier, the U.S. said it was interested in talks with Iran under the auspices of the EU and with the participation of the “six” international mediators, which include Moscow and Beijing. In response to Washington’s statement, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif again urged the U.S. to lift anti-Iranian sanctions.
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) concluded in 2015 by the “six” (Britain, Germany, China, Russia, the United States, France) and Iran, which envisaged the lifting of sanctions in exchange for limiting Iran’s nuclear program as a guarantee of Tehran not obtaining nuclear weapons, did not last even three years: in May 2018 U.S. President Donald Trump decided to unilaterally withdraw from it and restore harsh sanctions against Tehran.
Iran in 2019 – exactly one year after the U.S. pulled out of the deal – announced a phased reduction in its obligations under the agreement, abandoning restrictions on nuclear research, centrifuges, and uranium enrichment levels. At the end of 2020, Iran enacted a law requiring it to begin producing highly enriched uranium (from 20%), to begin operating more powerful centrifuges beyond the provisions of the deal, and to waive expanded IAEA inspections if Tehran could not freely trade oil and conduct financial transactions.