Saeed Khatibzadeh also referred to latest comments from US National Security Advisor about President Joe Biden’s readiness to return to the nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, JCPOA.
He said what Sullivan says contradicts the actions Biden administration has taken so far.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said the US violated UN Security Council Resolution 2231, left the JCPOA illegally and did all it could to scrap the agreement.
Khatibzadeh added that the US imposed oppressive and illegal sanctions on Iran and did all in its power to prevent Iran from doing business with other nations.
According to the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson, the Vienna talks aim to pave the way for the US return to the JCPOA and that Tehran held talks with the other members of the 4+1 group of countries to make sure Washington will get back to the deal in a committed way. The JCPOA unraveled in 2018 when former US president left the deal and reinstated sanctions on Iran.
In response to a question about some Western media reports of a U.S. offer to Iran to hold bilateral talks in Baghdad, Khatibzadeh said there has been no dialogue between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the American side for a long time.
The Foreign Ministry spokesman also stressed that the South Korean government needs to take action to return Iranian blocked funds.
“Our blocked money in South Korea must be returned. Of course, efforts have been made in this regard, but it is not enough,” he stated.
Khatibzadeh noted that the South Korean government’s seizure of Iranian money is separate from other bilateral issues, and that the two sides try to make sure that this problem will have the least possible impact on bilateral relations.
He also dismissed as a joke South Korea’s recent donation of a limited number of face masks to Iran, stressing that the South Korean people have shown that they are dissatisfied with what their government has done regarding Iran.