Iran’s Foreign Ministry said that it doesn’t rule out the possibility of holding nuclear deal talks on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York as Tehran’s top nuclear negotiator will be in attendance.
“Ali Bagheri Kani, the chief nuclear negotiator, will be present at the … General Assembly as part of the delegation but there is no specific plan to discuss the nuclear deal. However, I do not rule out the possibility of talks regarding the nuclear deal,” said Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani.
Kanaani said that Iran is still open to negotiations, but US officials have said that the chances of restoring the nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA, are now unlikely and have accused Tehran of not being willing to reach an agreement.
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi told 60 Minutes in an interview that aired Sunday that the US needs to provide some sort of guarantees that it won’t withdraw from the JCPOA again. “It needs to be lasting. There need to be guarantees. If there were a guarantee, then the Americans could not withdraw from the deal,” Raisi said.
Because President Biden doesn’t have the power to guarantee that a future administration wouldn’t reimpose sanctions on Tehran, in recent negotiations, Iran was reportedly seeking a series of measures meant to deter the US from withdrawing from the deal.
But the US slammed Iran’s latest response in the negotiations that was delivered at the beginning of September, and talks have stalled since then. Israeli officials have bragged that their influence on the US has worked and that Washington hardened its stance in the talks with Iran as a result of Israeli pressure, a characterization the State Department has rejected.
Raisi is also attending the General Assembly and departed for New York on Monday. The Iranian leader said he had no plans to meet with President Biden or any other US leaders. “There is no plan for a meeting or negotiations with US leaders,” he said.