A White House spokesperson said: “While we are disappointed with Iran’s response, we remain prepared to re-engage in targeted diplomacy to achieve a reciprocal return to honoring JCPOA commitments.” .
The spokesperson added: “We will consult our P5 + 1 partners on the best way forward.” The 5 + 1 group refers to the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and United States – and Germany.
Iran’s rejection of the Biden administration’s initial efforts to revive diplomacy and the start of reconciliation of the Iran-U.S. Nuclear deal indicates the expected length of the diplomatic process to salvage and complicate the deal.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Sunday that the time was not right for a meeting.
“It’s not very encouraging,” said a European diplomat familiar with Iran’s refusal. The diplomat said Iran wanted sanctions relief after the meeting.
The Biden administration, which views Iran’s decision as part of the diplomatic process, stressed that it was flexible in the aspect of the talks. But the European diplomat said the longer it took to bring Iran to the negotiating table, the harder it would be to save the day.
The International Atomic Energy Agency and Iran reached a “technical agreement” late last week with the aim of preventing the complete collapse of the agreement, which will be in effect for until at three months. The deal had to be implemented as Iran continued to commit one of the most egregious violations of the JCPOA to date: to curb the work of inspectors in a short period of time.