The fate of the nuclear deal does not depend on an Iranian decision but on the response that Paris and Washington will provide to Tehran’s demands, namely the lifting of US sanctions, namely Iranian diplomacy.
“It is the opposing parties who must make their decision”: in a press release published on June 25, the spokesman for Iranian diplomacy Saïd Khatibzadeh estimated that the fate of the Iranian nuclear agreement was in the hands of Paris and Washington.
Earlier in Paris, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian and his American counterpart Anthony Blinken called on Tehran to make “difficult” decisions without further delay to save this agreement.
Concluded in Vienna in 2015, the Iranian nuclear agreement offers Tehran relief from Western and UN sanctions in exchange for its commitment never to acquire atomic weapons, and a drastic reduction in its nuclear program, placed under strict UN control.
But this agreement was torpedoed in 2018 by the decision of former US President Donald Trump to withdraw from it and reinstate US sanctions. In response, Iran has renounced most of its key commitments constraining its controversial nuclear activities.
On his arrival at the White House in January, current US President Joe Biden announced his intention to reinstate the Vienna Accord and negotiations resumed in April in the Austrian capital.
The US must make its own decision to revert to the deal and lift illegal sanctions
Visiting Paris, Anthony Blinken said it would be “very difficult” for the United States to return to the agreement if the negotiations were to drag on. Jean-Yves Le Drian for his part urged Tehran to take a decisive step in favor of a rescue of the agreement. “We expect the Iranian authorities to take the last, undoubtedly difficult, decisions that will lead to a conclusion,” he said.
“The Islamic Republic has never left” the agreement, and it is “the United States which must make the decision itself to return to it and to lift the illegal American sanctions” against Iran, retorted Saïd. Khatibzadeh.
“Our position has not changed since the start of the Vienna talks. We demand the lifting of American sanctions, ”he added, recalling that Iran wanted to ensure that these sanctions would be effectively lifted before returning for its part to its commitments.