Iran rejected an invitation for an informal meeting with the United States that the European Union proposed as part of efforts to revive the 2015 nuclear deal.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Feb. 28 that the “time is not ripe” for the nuclear deal talks while U.S. sanctions against Iran remain in place.
“There has been no change in the United States’ stances and behavior, and the Biden administration has not only failed to abandon Trump’s failed policy of maximum pressure, but has also failed to declare its commitment to the implementation of all its obligations” under the nuclear deal, Khatibzadeh said.
Former U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out from the nuclear deal in 2018, but current President Joe Biden has said that the U.S. will return to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) if Iran first complies to the commitments it made under the said deal.
However, Iran has been demanding the U.S. to lift all sanctions against it first.
“The path forward is quite clear: The U.S. must end its unlawful and unilateral sanctions and return to its JCPOA commitments,” Khatibzadeh said.
Khatibzadeh added that Iran “will respond to actions with action, and just as it will return to its JCPOA commitments with the removal of sanctions, it will also answer in kind to all hostile measures and behaviors.”
Khatibzadeh’s remarks came days after the U.S. military launched airstrikes on multiple facilities used by Iran-backed militant groups in eastern Syria, which the U.S. Department of Defense said were “in response to recent against against American and Coalition personnel in Iraq.”