President Joe Biden is disappointed over Iran’s rejection of an invitation to attend direct talks over the nuclear deal with the United States and European powers, Reuters reported, citing administration officials.

According to the report, President Joe Biden is nevertheless “ready to reengage in meaningful diplomacy to achieve a mutual return to compliance with the deal’s commitments.”

On Sunday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh stated that Iran does not consider the time to be “suitable” for an informal meeting over the nuclear deal.

“There has still been no change in the US positions and behavior yet,” he added, outlining the Biden administration has continued “Trump’s failed policy of maximum pressure”.

“America must end its illegal and unilateral sanctions and return to its (deal) commitments. This needs neither negotiations nor resolutions”, Khatibzadeh stressed in his statement.

Former President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the US from the Iranian Nuclear deal in 2018, citing alleged violations by Iran – something that the regime continues to deny. After the US exited from the deal, the Islamic republic stepped away from its commitments, prompting criticism and allegations that the country was trying to develop nuclear weapons. Iran has consistently stated that its nuclear program is exclusively peaceful.