US, Iran trade blame over impasse holding up signing of nuclear deal
The United States and Iran blamed each other Monday for a weeks-long impasse that has held up a return to the 2015 deal that sought to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons.
Tehran has been engaged in long-running negotiations in the Austrian capital to revive the JCPOA, with Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia directly, and the United States indirectly.
The JCPOA gave Iran sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program to guarantee that Tehran could not develop or acquire an atomic bomb — something it denies wanting to do.
Khatibzadeh said Washington’s imposing fresh sanctions on the Islamic Republic showed its “ill will” towards Iran.