Iran Rules Out Nuclear Deal Meeting, Says Time Not "Suitable"

Henrietta Strickland
March 3, 2021

Iran will not respond to "gestures" and will not be intimidated by criticism from the USA and the three European partners to the treaty - Germany, France and Britain, he said.

A senior administration official said the U.S. was "disappointed" in the rejection but was flexible as to the timing and format of the talks and saw Iran's decision to snub the European invitation as part of the diplomatic process.

The US said it was disappointed but that it remained ready to "re-engage in meaningful diplomacy" on the issue.

The UN move had little practical effect as almost all members of the world body had rejected Trump's determination because the USA was no longer a participant in the nuclear deal. Iran refused and retaliated by rolling back a number of key commitments.

Iran and U.S. President Joe Biden's administration are now locked in a standoff over who should move first to save the unravelling 2015 deal. Tehran says Washington should lift sanctions first.

Western officials, however, said Iran's private response late last week to the invitation, extended through the European Union, was more "nuanced" than an outright refusal, and that it sought assurances that the talks would be limited to the nuclear deal called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, it signed in 2015 with the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China.

The official said the USA would consult with its global partners on the best way forward.

A handout picture provided by the office of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on January 25, 2021 shows him meeting with the family (unseen) of assassinated nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in Tehran.

What is the problem now?

"Remember: Trump failed to meet because of his ill-advised 'Max Failure, '" he said. Censuring is NOT diplomacy.

Technicians work at the Arak heavy water reactor's secondary circuit, as officials and media visit the site, near Arak, 150 miles (250 kilometers) southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran, Monday, Dec. 23, 2019.

The US "has not even announced its commitment to fulfilling its responsibilities" under the deal and the UN Security Council resolution that enshrined it, the spokesman said in the statement. "This needs neither negotiations nor resolutions", he added.

London, Paris and Berlin said they "deeply regret" the move and that they were "united in underlining the unsafe nature of this decision".

Under the temporary agreement, data on Iran's nuclear programme "will be stored and not handed over to the IAEA", according to Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

On Friday, February 26, Salehi warned that recordings from monitoring equipment that the IAEA installed at the country's nuclear sites will be deleted if the United States does not lift its unilateral sanctions within the next three months.

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