Iran claims that nuclear negotiations are doomed unless Biden promises the U.S. not to walk away from the pact once again, as Tehran responds against G20 pressure

  • Talks with Iran over nuclear issues are expected to resume this month. 
  • Ali Shamkhani (a senior official) said Wednesday that they would fail unless Biden could assure he would not walk out of a deal
  • Biden stated that he would only retract his stance if Iran fails to fulfill its obligations at the weekend 

The United States will not allow the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement to be revived unless President Joe Biden guarantees that it will not abandon an agreement. This was the conclusion of Wednesday’s meeting of the Supreme National Security Council.

After having discussed Iran with other world leaders at G20, Biden returned to the White House in the wee hours. 

He stated that the U.S. would only cancel a deal with Iran if it did not fulfill its commitments.    

Ali Shamkhani (one of the country’s most prominent security figures) suggested that this was not enough. He said that talks would only succeed when Biden could promise that he would not abandon any deal. 

“The U.S. President lacks authority and is not ready to provide guarantees. In a tweet, he stated that if the status quo is maintained, the outcome of negotiations will be clear.

Talks between Iran and six world power leaders began in Vienna in April to revive the deal that President Donald Trump had abandoned three-years ago. 

They were suspended after anti-Western hardliner Ebrahim Raisi won presidential elections in June.

Ali Shamkhani, Secretary of the Iran's Supreme National Security Council of Iran, said nuclear talks were doomed to fail without Biden guarantees he would not walk away from a deal

Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council of Iran Ali Shamkhani said that nuclear talks were doomed without Biden guaranteeing he would not abandon a deal

President Joe Biden said on Sunday that the U.S. would make Iran pay 'economically' if they do not restart negotiations on resuming the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)

President Joe Biden said on Sunday that the U.S. would make Iran pay ‘economically’ if they do not restart negotiations on resuming the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)

However, negotiations are expected back on track for this month.

Biden and three European leaders indicated that they were open to a return to 2015 agreement if Iran reduced its nuclear program and opened itself to Inspections.

However, their joint statement also stated that sanctions would not be lifted until Tehran began to reduce work that is believed to be directed at developing nuclear arms.   

Biden, Angela Merkel (German Chancellor), Emmanuel Macron Macron (French President) and Boris Johnson (British Prime Minister) said in a joint statement, “This will only happen if Iran changes its course.”

“We call upon Raisi, to seize this opportunity, and return to a high faith effort to conclude our negotiation as a matter for urgency. 

“That is the only way to avoid dangerous escalation. It is not in any country’s interest.

Iran broke the deal in response to Trump’s imposition of sanctions by rebuilding its stockpiles with enriched uranium and refining it to higher fisile purity.  

Vienna was tense over Iran’s demand that the United States give assurances that it will not violate the nuclear agreement in future. 

Biden spoke with world leaders at the G20 in Rome, Italy on Saturday about continued commitments to diplomacy in Iran. L-R: U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Joe Biden

Biden spoke to world leaders at Saturday’s G20 in Rome, Italy about his continued commitments in diplomacy with Iran. L-R, U.K. Prime Minster Boris Johnson and French President Emmanuel Macron. German Chancellor Angela Merkel. President Joe Biden.

Biden campaigned for 2020 on the Iran nuclear accord return and criticised Trump’s decision during his Europe visit.

At a press conference held at the G20 in Rome, Trump stated that ‘We’re still suffering from the very bad decisions he made to pull out of JCPOA’.

He was also asked about his response to Iran’s drone strikes and other provocations.

He replied, “We will continue to respond.”

Biden spent most of his six-day Europe trip (to Rome and Glasgow) hammering home the message that America is back and ready to assume a leadership role in the world.

He pledged to be an example in climate change and sought to reverse negative perceptions of the U.S. role following Trump’s anger at some allies over his American First foreign policies.