Tehran wants talks in Vienna to resume with the new Persian government, run by the ultra-conservative and internationally sanctioned Ebrahim Raisi. Washington also questioned the statements of Iranian officials: "They are an outrageous effort to deflect the blame for the current stalemate."
The government of President Joe Biden lashed out at Iran because it accused the United States of delaying a prisoner swap to force an early resumption of indirect nuclear talks.
The State Department described as "outrageous" the statements of the Iranian deputy foreign minister that the United States and Great Britain were holding the exchange as "hostage" of the negotiations to save the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
In a pair of tweets on his verified account, Persian diplomat Seyyed Abbas Araghchi said nuclear talks in Vienna could not resume until Iran's hard-line president-elect takes office early August.
We are in a period of transition as the democratic transition of power continues in our capital," he added.
Araghi added that the nuclear talks "must wait for our new government. This is what every democracy demands". He said the United States and the United Kingdom should understand this and stop linking the inhumane exchanges with the JCPOA. Nothing is accomplished by holding that exchange hostage of political objectives," said Aragchi, Iran's top chief negotiator at the Vienna talks. "TEN PRISONERS from all sides could be released TOMORROW if the US and UK fulfill their end of the bargain."
In response to Aragchi's remarks, State Department spokesman Ned Price categorically rejected that assertion, denied a concrete agreement on the exchange, and noted that the United States has agreed to continue talks on the detainees, pending the resumption of nuclear talks.
Price said the comments were a provocative attempt to dispel allegations of a current stalemate over possible mutual withdrawal in compliance with the JCPOA. Once Iran has made the necessary decisions, we are ready to return to Vienna to complete the work on the mutual return to the JCPOA.
The sixth round of nuclear talks ended last month without an agreement ahead of Iran's presidential election, which Ebrahim Raisi won.
The United States has repeatedly said that Iran is ready for the seventh round as soon as it is ready, while Iran has demanded the immediate release of American citizens.
The winner of the June presidential election, the ultra-conservative Ebrahim Raisi, is set to be sworn in before parliament on August 5 for the victory of moderate Hassan Rohani, whose election comes two years after the international community struck a deal Was allowed. Twelve years of crisis over the Iranian nuclear issue.
The agreement reached in Vienna offers Tehran support for Western nuclear and UN sanctions in exchange for a commitment to acquire a nuclear weapon and a drastic reduction in its nuclear program, which the International Atomic Energy Agency is monitoring. Is. (IAEA)