Iran will not return to nuclear deal unless the United States (US) lifts sanctions first. Iranian Foreign Minister Javed Zarif made the remarks at a joint news conference with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Istanbul.
This is stated in the report of the news agency Reuters. The Biden administration says Washington will return to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) if Iran returns to its previous state.
At a news conference, the Iranian foreign minister said the US demand was unrealistic and would not happen. Iran will not return to the agreement unless the United States lifts sanctions.
Javed Zarif said Iran would also return to the terms of the agreement if the United States complied with its obligations under the agreement.
In 2018, then-US President Donald Trump unilaterally announced his withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). He also imposed sanctions on Tehran. Iran then began a uranium enrichment program.
Earlier this month, Iran began enriching uranium to 20 percent at its Fordow nuclear facility.
Discussed expansion of bilateral ties & regional cooperation—Syria, Iraq, & the Caucuses.
Concurred that the only way to restore stability in the region is thru synergy. pic.twitter.com/f1pdKknXWH
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) January 29, 2021