Iran renews vow to downscale nuke activities if U.S. "returns to all obligations"

Source: Xinhua| 2021-08-30 21:04:28|Editor: huaxia

TEHRAN, Aug. 30 (Xinhua) -- The Iranian Foreign Ministry said on Monday that Iran will downscale its nuclear activities if the United States fully returns to "all of its commitments under the nuclear agreement and UN Security Council Resolution 2231 in a verified manner."

"The Vienna talks are not about reaching a new text. The Vienna talks are to ensure the implementation of the nuclear deal point by point by the United States," Saeed Khatibzadeh, spokesman for the ministry, said in a press conference, as quoted by official news agency IRNA.

If Washington abides by its obligations in such verified way, he added, Iran will accept that the United States' delegates sit "in the nuclear agreement room" and will "stop its mitigation measures."

Khatibzadeh described the talks to revive the 2015 landmark agreement as a "technical dialogue," and added that they will continue, on the basis of a consensus across the ruling structures of the Iranian state.

The role of Iran's Foreign Ministry in the upcoming continuation of the talks, he went on to say, has yet to be decided by the Iranian rulership and will be made public.

On Aug. 22, Iran's then Foreign Minister-designate Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said in his confidence vote session in Iran's parliament that Tehran was willing to engage in "reasonable" negotiations that serve the Iranian people's interests.

Former U.S. president Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 agreement in May 2018 and unilaterally re-imposed old and new sanctions on Iran. In response, Iran has gradually stopped implementing parts of its commitments to the deal since May 2019.

After six rounds of talks in Vienna since April, the parties said serious differences remained between Iran and the United States for the revitalization of the deal. The sixth round of talks ended on June 20, with the talks currently on hiatus. Enditem

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