Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif affirmed his country’s seriousness in preserving and implementing the nuclear agreement, suggesting that the European side assist in arranging the US-Iranian return to the agreement.
Zarif said that his country has the political will to preserve the nuclear agreement, and that its decision is clear from the Supreme Leader, stressing that time is running short for US President Joe Biden in this file, and that Washington must act seriously.
The Iranian foreign minister affirmed that “if anyone has the right to set conditions for implementing the nuclear agreement, it is Iran, not America,” considering that “the conditions that Washington talks about to return to the nuclear agreement are meaningless.”
In response to a question in an interview with CNN about how to “achieve rapprochement” between Washington and Tehran in the nuclear file, Zarif said, “There could be a mechanism that determines either the synchronization (of these steps) or the coordination of what can be done.”
He pointed out that the nuclear agreement created a joint committee whose coordinator is the official in charge of foreign policy in the European Union, and it is now Josep Borrell who can carry out the kind of coordination of the actions required of the United States and the actions that Iran must do.
The joint committee includes Iran and the six other countries that are party to the agreement, which are Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States.
Borrell had said earlier, that the implementation of the nuclear deal with Iran had come into question, and the European Union acknowledged that in recent years it had not been able to protect the legitimate commercial relations between European companies and Iran.
In the context, European Union spokesman Peter Stano said that the priority for the countries of the Union is the return of the United States to the nuclear deal.
The spokesman pointed out that Washington’s return to the nuclear agreement could constitute a starting point for an expanded dialogue on security and stability in the region.
Earlier Monday, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that Iran is a few weeks away from producing materials used in the manufacture of nuclear weapons, if it continues not to abide by the nuclear agreement.
Blinken added – in press statements – that the United States is ready to return to the nuclear agreement if Iran returns to abide by it, indicating that Iran must release the American detainees, regardless of any agreement with it.