Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said that the US wants a new agreement with Iran and wants to talk about issues other than what has been agreed in the Iranian nuclear deal, stressing that in Iran’s view there is nothing to talk about with the United States.
“They want a new agreement, they want a wider agreement, they want something else, they want to talk about the sunset clause, they want to talk about (Iran’s) missiles, they want to talk about other issues,” Zarif told the American journalism company, Politico, in an interview published on Wednesday.
This is while whatever warranted discussion was discussed during the talks that led to the agreement, he said.
“Now, why don’t we talk? The reason for not talking is that there is nothing to talk about.”
Zarif also said the United States knows exactly what it takes to resolve its standoff with Iran, but still seeks to use pressure tactics to extract concessions from the Islamic Republic.
“They know exactly what it takes to go back to compliance unless they are not serious about what they’re saying.”
A deadlock formed around the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and others after the US left the agreement under former President Donald Trump and returned the sanctions that the deal had lifted.
Iran continued to comply with the deal for a year after the US’s withdrawal but has since started nuclear non-compliance measures by increasing its quota of Uranium enrichment.
Zarif noted that it only takes for Trump’s successor President Joe Biden to issue a series of executive orders annulling his predecessor’s wrongful steps and palpably waive relevant congressional action for the US to return to the JCPOA.