WORLD Iranian FM tries to pin US down to helping revive compromised nuke deal


Iranian FM tries to pin US down to helping revive compromised nuke deal


09:18, May 09, 2021

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks during the international conference on "Unilateralism and International Law" in Tehran, Iran, Oct. 21, 2019. (File photo: Xinhua)

TEHRAN, May 8 (Xinhua) -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday urged the United States to help revive the 2015 nuclear agreement, officially known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as the crisis was started by Washington with its withdrawal from the nuclear deal three years ago.

"As we try to revive JCPOA in Vienna, it's necessary to remember how it all started. 3 years ago today, a disgraced buffoon violated U.S. obligations," Zarif tweeted, referring to the withdrawal of the previous U.S. government under Donald Trump from the accord.

"Today, @POTUS (Joe Biden) has to decide whether the U.S. continues lawlessness or adheres to law. Onus is on the U.S., not Iran," he added.

The Trump administration withdrew from the JCPOA in May 2018 and unilaterally re-imposed sanctions on Iran. In response, Iran gradually stopped implementing parts of its JCPOA commitments from May 2019.

The JCPOA Joint Commission started meetings in Vienna on April 6, aiming at getting the United States to return to the deal and Iran to resume full compliance with it.

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