On Sunday, a spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry rejected the possibility of informal talks with the United States and the European Union regarding a return to the 2015 nuclear deal. The treaty left the United States and Iran not to comply with its provisions, and both countries demand that the other party be the first to make concessions.

“Taking into account the recent actions and statements of the United States and the three European powers (France, Great Britain and Germany – PAP), Iran does not believe that this is the right time to hold an informal meeting with these countries, which was suggested by the head of EU diplomacy” – said a spokesperson Iranian Foreign Ministry Saeed Chatebzadeh in the local media.

In 2015, Iran concluded an agreement with the United States, Russia, China, France, Great Britain and Germany, according to which Iran’s nuclear program will be drastically curtailed in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions on the country. The United States withdrew from the agreement in 2018 under Donald Trump, and re-imposed sanctions on Iran. Since then, Iran has gradually stopped fulfilling the terms of the agreement and imposed restrictions.

The new US President, Joe Biden, announced that he would return to this agreement, but made it clear that Iran must first begin to respect its provisions, including stopping uranium enrichment to the level of 20 percent. According to the agreement, Iran can enrich uranium up to 3.67 percent. Fissile isotope U235.

Iran’s highest spiritual and political leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has declared that Tehran will not comply with the terms of the agreement until Washington lifts the imposed sanctions again in 2018. (PAP)

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