Iran urges U.S. to return to Vienna nuke talks for “signing agreement”

Iran on Monday urged the United States to return to the nuclear talks in Vienna for “signing an agreement” on the revival of a 2015 nuclear deal, Reuters reports.

Iran is “moving in the direction of diplomacy” and ready to reach a “good, lasting and effective” agreement, Saeed Khatibzadeh, spokesman of the Iranian foreign ministry, told a weekly press conference.

Criticizing the U.S. double standard policy, Khatibzadeh said the Americans have been continuing former President Donald Trump’s policies despite their claim to try to fix them.

“The U.S. has been carrying out a double standard policy for years. On one hand, some U.S. officials say they want to make up for the Trump administration’s wrong policy toward Iran, and the U.S. wants to be a responsible nation that respects international law; on the other hand, everyone sees that the U.S. government is still violating international law and continuing the failed policy towards Iran under the Trump administration,” said the spokesman.

Speaking of an anti-Iran resolution adopted by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in early June, Khatibzadeh noted that Iran has been striving to push forward the negotiations since the beginning of the Vienna talks in April 2021, despite the U.S. noncooperation and obstructionism.

Prior to the meeting of the Board of Governors of the IAEA over the anti-Iran resolution, Iran had given its initiative and roadmap to the United States through the European Union’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, the Iranian spokesman explained.

Iran signed the nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), with the world powers in July 2015, agreeing to curb its nuclear program in return for the removal of the U.S.-led sanctions. However, Trump pulled Washington out of the JCPOA in May 2018 and reimposed unilateral sanctions on Iran.