Iran believes the nuclear deal may be salvaged, but it will not be negotiated indefinitely.

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Iran said on Saturday that it believes the 2015 nuclear agreement with major international powers can be renegotiated, but that Tehran “will not negotiate forever.”

“Out of a steadfast commitment to salvage a deal that the US tried to torpedo, Iran has been the most active party in Vienna, proposing most drafts,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Twitter, referring to talks aimed at reviving the nuclear deal.

Iran and the United States have been holding indirect talks on reviving the 2015 agreement between Tehran and six powers that imposed restrictions on Tehran’s nuclear activities in exchange for lifting international sanctions.

Then U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew Washington from the agreement in 2018, but President Joe Biden has been seeking to revive it. Officials on all sides have said there are major issues to resolve before the deal can be reinstated.

“Still believe a deal is possible, if the US decides to abandon Trump’s failed legacy. Iran will not negotiate forever,” Khatibzadeh tweeted.

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On Friday, the United Nations nuclear watchdog requested an urgent response from Iran on whether it would renew a monitoring arrangement that had expired overnight. An Iranian ambassador said that Tehran was under no duty to react.

The Vienna discussions, which began in April, are presently in a break that was scheduled to run until early July, but failing to renew the monitoring agreement might jeopardise those talks.

 

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