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Iran Scorns Idea of Talks with West to Revive 2015 N-Deal

DUBAI – Iran ruled out an informal meeting with the United States and European powers on Sunday to discuss ways to revive its 2015 nuclear deal with the major powers, insisting Washington must lift all its unilateral sanctions.
“In view of recent actions and statements by the United States and three European powers, Iran does not consider that the time has come to hold an informal meeting with these countries, which was proposed by the chief of foreign policy of the EU,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said, Iranian media reports.
Iranian officials had said Tehran was considering a proposal by European Union foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, to hold an informal meeting with other parties to the nuclear pact and the United States, which has re-imposed sanctions against Iran after then-President Donald Trump left the deal in 2018.
Iran and new US administration are at odds over who should take the first step to relaunch the deal.
Iran insists the United States must first lift the sanctions while Washington says Tehran must first revert to respecting the deal, which it has gradually violated.
Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, sketched out a potential choreography on February 1 to break the deadlock.
The United States said on Sunday that it was disappointed on how Iran had ruled out an informal meeting to discuss ways to revive its nuclear deal with the great powers, but said it remained ready to resume meaningful diplomacy on the question.
“Although we are disappointed with Iran’s response, we remain ready to resume meaningful diplomacy to achieve a mutual return to honoring JCPOA commitments,” said a White House spokeswoman, referring to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or the Iranian nuclear agreement.
She said Washington would consult with its P5 + 1 partners – the four other permanent members of the United Nations Security Council in China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom – as well as Germany, on the best way forward.

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