May 14, 2022 06:49 UTC
  • Iran: Vienna 'knot can be untied only with adherence of violator party'

Iran says negotiations on the revival of the 2015 nuclear agreement can bear fruit if the West has the will to return to the landmark deal.

Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), said on Twitter Friday that the several rounds of negotiations held in the Austrian capital of Vienna over the past year have failed to bring the US back into compliance with the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

“The Vienna talks have reached a stage where the knot can only be untied through the adherence of the violator party to Iran's logical and principled approaches,” Shamkhani said.

“The United States, by breach of promise, and Europe, by inaction, scuttled the opportunity to benefit from Iran's proven goodwill. If they have the will to return, we are ready and an agreement is within reach,” the top Iranian security official noted.

Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian also said on Twitter Friday that Tehran and the P4+1 group of countries still have the opportunity to reach a “good and reliable” agreement if the United States makes the necessary decision and honors its commitments.

He made the comments following his phone conversations with European Union’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell and meetings with his deputy Enrique Mora.

Mora, who was in Tehran on a two-day visit this week, met with Amir-Abdollahian and Ali Bagheri Kani, the chief Iranian negotiator to the Vienna talks. They discussed efforts to salvage the deal, which has been on life support since the US withdrawal in 2018.