Iran turned down a US call on Thursday to initially return to full compliance with a nuclear deal, insisting that it had only taken “remedial action” since America’s withdrawal.
The administration of new US President Joe Biden confirmed on Wednesday its readiness to return to the deal that has been hanging by a thread since his predecessor Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw in 2018.
But Foreign Secretary Antony Blinken, who made the announcement, said the US would not return to the deal it had signed with the great powers until 2015, when Iran resumes its commitments.
The Iranian top diplomat Mohammad Javad Zarif rejected the demand on Thursday.
“Reality Check for @SecBlinken: The US has violated the JCPOA,” tweeted Zarif, referring to the agreement with his official name, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
Zarif said that in addition to its unilateral withdrawal, the US had also imposed sanctions that “blocked food / drugs for Iranians” and “punished” compliance with a UN resolution.
“Well, who should take the first step? Never forget Trump’s maximum failure,” added the foreign minister, stressing that Iran had “complied with the JCPOA” and was only taking “proposed remedial measures”.
Trump withdrew the US from the JCPOA and imposed crippling sanctions on Iran in 2018, maintaining a policy of “maximum pressure” against the Islamic Republic.
A year later, Iran responded by suspending compliance with most of its major nuclear commitments under the agreement, promising economic relief for capping its nuclear program.
On January 4, Iran announced that it had increased its uranium enrichment process to 20 percent purity, well above the 3.67 percent level allowed by the agreement, but well below the amount required for an atomic bomb.
Tehran has called on Washington to “unconditionally” lift the sanctions Trump imposed to save the nuclear deal.
It has announced that it will return to full compliance once all contracting parties have fulfilled their obligations under the agreement.
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