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Iran won’t hold bilateral talks with U.S. in Vienna

Randy Mancini 20 November 29, 2021
FILE - the flag of Iran waves in front of the the International Center building with the headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, in Vienna, Austria, Monday, May 24, 2021. Iran and world powers resume talks in Vienna this week of Nov. 28, 2021, aimed at restoring the nuclear deal that crumbled after the U.S. pulled out three years ago. There are major doubts over whether the deal can be reinstated after years of mounting distrust. (AP Photo/Florian Schroetter, FILE)

FILE – the flag of Iran waves in front of the the International Center building with the headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, in Vienna, Austria, Monday, May 24, 2021. Iran and world powers resume talks in Vienna this week of Nov. 28, 2021, aimed at restoring the nuclear deal. (AP Photo/Florian Schroetter, FILE)

According to Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh, bilateral talks with the U.S. are out of the question unless government officials give on sanctions.

“We rightly withdrew from the JCPOA as it provided a clear pathway for Iran to develop a nuclear weapon,” noted Trump-era Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. “We kept Iran under max pressure while fostering new relationships among those who partnered with us. Now, the Biden administration wants to re-enter the JCPOA.”

Ahead of the meeting between world leaders Monday, the spokesman said a direct meeting with the U.S. delegation to discuss reinstating the failed 2015 nuclear deal wouldn’t happen. Western diplomats argue the demands laid out by Iran are unrealistic, but Tehran does not appear to be budging in negotiations.

“If the U.S. comes to the negotiating table to remove sanctions, to truly remove sanctions, it can definitely get the go-ahead to return to the JCPOA discussion room,” Khatibzadeh stated. “If not, it will need to stay away from the JCPOA negotiating table as it has been doing.”

Six rounds of indirect talks regarding the nuclear deal between April and June proved unsuccessful. If the Biden administration intends to resurrect the deal, they will likely have to give in to several demands.

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