Iran is ready for talks if U.S. apologizes and compensates over Nuclear Pact

In retribution for Washington's 'maximum pressure' policy, Iran has slowly scaled back its nuclear commitments.

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Iran says it would be open to talks with the United States if Washington apologizes for exiting the 2015 nuclear deal and compensates Tehran. This was stated by the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday.

Iran had earlier refused to hold any talks with the United States, which had tried to force Tehran to negotiate a new deal so that it lifts sanctions on Tehran and returns to the original agreement.

Addressing a cabinet session on Wednesday, Rouhani said the White House keeps talking about readiness for talks with Iran and advises Tehran not to wait for the result of the U.S. presidential election.

“We have no problem with talks with Washington, but only if it fulfills its obligations under the nuclear deal, and apologizes and compensates Tehran for its withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal,” Rouhani said in a televised speech.

Rouhani, however, showed mistrust towards the United States’ behavior and remarked, “But we know these calls for talks with Tehran are just words and lies.”

The confrontation between arch-foes Washington and Tehran has deepened since 2018 when U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out from Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with major powers and reimposed sanctions that have crippled Iran’s economy.

In retribution for Washington’s ‘maximum pressure’ policy, Iran has slowly scaled back its nuclear commitments, a process it says is reversible if the European parties to the pact carry out their promises to protect Iran’s economy from U.S. sanctions.

“The Europeans have failed to carry out their promises. They should fulfill their obligations,” Rouhani said.

Rouhani also criticized a resolution by the U.N. nuclear watchdog passed on Friday that called on Iran to stop denying the agency access to two doubted former sites and to cooperate fully with it.

“Tehran is ready to cooperate with the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) under law,” he said.

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