Mar 01, 2021 06:43 UTC
  • US claims ready to reengage in ‘meaningful diplomacy’ with Iran

The United States says it is disappointed that Iran has ruled out an informal meeting on the 2015 nuclear deal, but it remains ready to reengage in meaningful diplomacy on the issue.

According to Press TV, in comments on Sunday, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said the present juncture is not a suitable time for holding an unofficial meeting with European Union and American officials on the landmark nuclear deal that Iran clinched with world powers in 2015, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

A few hours later, a White House spokeswoman said, “While we are disappointed at Iran’s response, we remain ready to reengage in meaningful diplomacy to achieve a mutual return to compliance with JCPOA commitments.”

She said Washington would be consulting with its P5+1 group partners, the four other permanent members of the United Nations Security Council — China, France, Russia, United Kingdom – plus Germany, on the best way forward.

The remarks followed an earlier report by The Wall Street Journal, which quoted senior diplomats as saying that Iran has rejected a European Union offer to arrange direct nuclear talks with the US.

According to The Wall Street Journal, two senior Western diplomats said Iran has ruled out attending a meeting in Europe for now, saying it wanted a guarantee first that the US would lift some sanctions after the meeting.

Kelsey Davenport, the Director for Nonproliferation Policy at the Arms Control Association, says delaying the talks increases the risk of the JCPOA collapsing.

“Both the US and Iran need to show restraint in the coming weeks to preserve the chance for diplomacy,” she tweeted on Sunday.

“The Biden administration should also consider good faith actions, such as waivers for nuclear cooperation activities,” she added.