Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has reiterated Tehran’s resolve to continue talks on the revival of the 2015 multilateral agreement, calling for an end to the United States’ “sanctions lunacy” and the International Atomic Energy Agency’s “politicized approach” over the country’s nuclear program.
In a post on his Twitter account on Friday, Amir-Abdollahian said the Iranian administration is abiding by a December 2020 parliamentary law, which obligated the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) to further reduce the country’s nuclear commitments to the 2015 Iran deal in response to the US withdrawal from the agreement.
Under the law – dubbed the Strategic Action Plan to Counter Sanctions – the Iranian administration is required to restrict the IAEA’s inspections and accelerate the development of the country’s nuclear program beyond the limits set under the JCPOA, such as ending the voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
In spite of uttering Tehran’s firm stance, Amir-Abdollahian emphasized that Iran would never “distance itself from result-oriented talks” aimed at salvaging the JCPOA.
Iran won’t distance itself from result-oriented talks.
Abiding by Majlis law, we continue talks & call on US to be realistic & abandon sanctions lunacy; & on IAEA to focus on technical duties instead of adopting politicized approach.
We NEVER hesitate to neutralize sanctions.
— H.Amirabdollahian امیرعبداللهیان (@Amirabdolahian) June 17, 2022
“Abiding by Majlis law, we continue talks & call on US to be realistic & abandon sanctions lunacy; & on IAEA to focus on technical duties instead of adopting politicized approach,” he tweeted, referring to Iran’s parliament known as Majlis.
The top Iranian diplomat emphasized the Islamic Republic would “NEVER hesitate to neutralize sanctions.”
The tweet came a day after the administration of US President Joe Biden imposed a new round of sanctions on Iranian petrochemical producers as well as a network of Chinese, Emirati, and Indian companies over what the US Treasury described as facilitating the export of Iran’s oil.
The US Treasury Department said in a statement that the new restrictive measures were aimed at piling up pressure on Iran amid stalled negotiations aimed at reviving the JCPOA.
Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi said on Friday that the world must give Iran the right not to trust the US because of its inconsistent actions.