Iran again refuses to hold talks with US on nuclear …

Iran has not complied with the EU’s call for a nuclear deal with the United States. A spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry issued a statement. Iran will only do so if the United States re-enters into an agreement and lifts sanctions against Iran.

Iran responds only to US actions. “Once the sanctions are lifted, we will resume our duties,” spokesman Saeed Qadib said on Sunday. Iran will not be intimidated by criticism from the United States and its three European partners, Germany, France and the United Kingdom.

Tehran European Foreign Envoy Joseph Borel will continue to co-operate with three European countries, China and Russia.

The European Union proposed an informal meeting between Iran and the United States earlier this month. The administration of US President Joe Biden accepted the advice.

Stalemate

The United States and Iran have been under a stalemate since President Joe Biden took office in January. Washington has indicated it wants to rejoin the nuclear deal if Iran resumes its commitment to the deal, while Tehran wants the United States to lift sanctions first.

Iran announced on Tuesday that it would limit the International Atomic Energy Agency (AIEA) to inspecting its nuclear facilities following the US failure to comply with the proposed deadline for lifting sanctions.

In 2015, Iran, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, China and the European Union signed a nuclear deal. Its purpose is to reduce Iran’s nuclear program. However, former US President Donald Trump decided in May 2018 to unilaterally withdraw his country from the agreement and re-impose sanctions on Iran.

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