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Iran's new gov't to resume nuke talks: FM

22 Sep 2021, 22:05 GMT+10

TEHRAN, Sept. 22 (Xinhua) -- Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian said that the government of President Ebrahim Raisi will resume nuclear talks aimed at the revival of 2015 nuclear deal, Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported on Wednesday.

"We are seriously reviewing the history of (nuclear) negotiations, and the new government will resume the talks," Amir Abdollahian made the remarks in a meeting with EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell on the sidelines of the 76th session of the UN General Assembly in New York on Tuesday.

"Iran neither wastes time, nor accepts unconstructive behavior of the United States, and it will not procrastinate the country with empty promises," he was quoted as saying.

"Unfortunately, (U.S. President Joe) Biden government's behavior and policies in relation to Iran and JCPOA have so far been unconstructive," said the Iranian minister.

Despite criticizing verbally former U.S. President Donald Trump's policies, Biden has followed the same policies toward Iran in practice, he said, adding that "our criterion is the action of other parties and not their comments."

The JCPOA Joint Commission, attended by the U.S. delegation indirectly, began to meet offline on April 6 in Vienna to continue previous discussions over a possible return of the United States to the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and how to ensure the full and effective implementation of the JCPOA.

After six rounds of talks which ended on June 20, the parties said serious differences remain between Iran and the United States for restoration of the deal.

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