IRAN ASSURES BIDEN IT IS COMMITTED TO NUKE TALKS
Iran has dismissed doubts expressed by US President Joe Biden as to how serious Tehran is about the ongoing nuclear negotiations, Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) reported.
"3 years ago today, a disgraced buffoon violated US obligations under JCPOA & UNSCR 2231," Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted, referring to former US President Donald Trump, and calling the nuclear deal by its acronym.
On Friday, Biden said it remained unclear how seriously Iran was taking the ongoing diplomatic efforts to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, and what concessions it would make.
Diplomats at negotiations in Vienna hope to achieve a roadmap that would see Washington lift its sanctions on Iran, and Tehran reinstate restrictions on its nuclear program.
The nuclear accord has been hanging by a thread since 2018, when Trump pulled the United States out and Tehran began to increasingly violate its terms.
In his riposte, Zarif said that meant the burden of proof lay with the US, rather than Iran. He said Biden should decide whether to continue his predecessor's "lawlessness" or follow the law.
Negotiators are trying to get both Iran and the United States to fully recommit to the deal, which would mean Iran coming back into compliance and Washington easing sanctions that have crippled Iran's economy.