Iran will return to negotiations to resume compliance with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal “very soon,” Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian told reporters on Friday.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran will return to the negotiating table. We are currently reviewing the Vienna negotiation files and very soon Iran’s negotiations with the ‘four plus one’ countries will resume,” Amirabdollahian said.
He was referring to talks that began in April between Iran and the other five nations still in the 2015 deal: Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia. European diplomats have served as the main intermediaries between Washington and Tehran, which has refused to negotiate directly with US officials.
Under the agreement, Iran halted its uranium enrichment program, a possible path to nuclear weapons, in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions. Then-US President Donald Trump resigned from the deal in 2018 and reimposed sanctions, crippling Iran’s economy and prompting Iran to take action to violate its nuclear limits.
Speaking on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, the foreign minister also described the talks between Iranian and Saudi officials as “constructive” and said that Tehran had tabled proactive proposals to achieve peace in Yemen.