Iran Claims US Foreign Policy Taken “Hostage” by Israel

Iran on Thursday said it’s committed to reaching a deal during the Vienna nuclear talks, but accused Israel of taking U.S., foreign policy hostage and  hindering the deal.

Iranian Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian also accused US President Joe Bidne of keeping his predecessor’s hard-line policies toward Iran with less intention to hold talks to salvage the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as Iran nuclear deal.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Amir-Abdollahian said that Israel has been spreading misinformattion regarding Iran’s nuclear issue. “We have repeatedly made it clear that atomic bomb has no place in Iran’s foreign policy and the United Nations nuclear watchdog has confirmed that Iran was not pursuing nuclear weapons,” Amir-Abdollahian said.

Amir-Abdollahian stated that Iran and the US have reached a point where a deal is possible, but Israel “doesn’t want” it.

In regards to the US designation of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a terror group, Amir-Abdollahian said that this is not a basic issue for the stalled in the Vienna talks.

“IRGC designation is in fact a secondary issue, the main disagreement is over the lifting of financial sanctions on Iran,” Amir-Abdollahian.

The comments came one day after Israel Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said that Joe Biden had informed him that the US would not delist IRGC from its foreign terror organizations.

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