Iran says that if the United States wants to revive nuclear talks it must first restore $10 billion in frozen funds, which the US has been preventing Iran from withdrawing due to sanctions.
Iranian foreign minister Hussein Amir Abdullahiyan told state television in an interview that the US has been in touch with them since last month to revive nuclear talks.
“However, we made it clear to these sources that first the United States has to show its seriousness by releasing Iran’s frozen funds,” he said.
“In response to our demand, the United States has apologized to its intermediaries for the immediate restoration of funds and assured them that they will consider restoration,” foreign minister Hussein Amir Abdullahiyan said.
The Iranian foreign minister also indicated in his interview that if global forces failed to bring the United States back into the nuclear deal, they would soon go to Vienna for their rights.
On the other hand, in the wake of months of talks in Vienna over Iran’s controversial nuclear program and calls for a resumption of talks by European countries, France has once again called for talks between Tehran and world powers on the nuclear conflict.
French Foreign Minister Jean F. Le Daryan said Saturday that the door to talks with Tehran cannot be kept open forever. In an interview, he also stressed that Iranian de facto measures have complicated the return to the Vienna table.
He believed that the regional level talks with Tehran should include Tehran’s missile activities as well.
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