Tehran will not accept US demands to reverse an acceleration of its nuclear program before Washington lifts sanctions, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Friday.
The demand “is impractical and will not materialize,” he said at a joint press conference in Istanbul with his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu.
The new administration of US President Joe Biden said Tehran must resume compliance with restrictions on its nuclear activities under the 2015 agreement of world powers before it can rejoin the pact.
Iran violated the terms of the agreement as it reacted step by step to the decision of Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump to abandon the agreement in 2018 and reinstate sanctions against Tehran.
Earlier this month, Iran resumed uranium enrichment at its Fordow underground nuclear power plant to 20% – a level it had reached before the deal.
However, Iran has said it will be able to quickly reverse these violations if US sanctions are lifted.
“If the United States honors its commitments, we will fully honor our commitments,” he said.
The hardline-dominated Iranian parliament passed a law last month forcing the government to tighten its nuclear stance unless US sanctions are eased within two months.
Zarif also condemned U.S. sanctions against Turkey over Ankara’s decision to procure Russian S-400 defense systems.
“The US government is addicted to sanctions … and it harms the world and the US itself,” he said.
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