Iranian government spokesman Ali Bahadori Jahromi described the United States' move to impose new sanctions on Iran as "not constructive", while Washington blamed Tehran for concluding a nuclear agreement rather than raising issues unrelated to the file.

Ali Bahadri said that these sanctions "show the bad faith of the US administration and prove its lack of seriousness in moving forward with the Vienna talks," as he put it.

He added that these measures clearly confirm that the US administration has a kind of hostility towards the Iranian people.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian had confirmed that it was possible to reach an agreement in the Vienna talks if the United States took a "realistic position."

Abdullahian said in a tweet via "Twitter" yesterday that the suspension of nuclear talks in Vienna was due to "excessive demands" from the US side.

"We will not make concessions to the excessive demands of the United States, if Washington takes a realistic position, then an agreement can be reached," he added.


US accusations against Iran

White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the responsibility for concluding the nuclear deal rests with Iran.

Psaki added at a White House news conference that Iran should focus its efforts to return to the nuclear agreement within the framework of the Vienna talks, rather than raising other issues.

The US State Department blamed Tehran for making demands unrelated to the nuclear file in the Vienna negotiations aimed at reviving the 2015 Iranian nuclear agreement, and said that Tehran's attempt to throw the ball into its court could not be described as an "honest" act.

"All those involved in the talks know exactly who made constructive proposals and who made requests unrelated to the nuclear agreement, and how we got here," State Department spokesman Ned Price said yesterday evening, clearly indicating that the obstruction was caused by the Iranian position.


Negotiations have been taking place in Vienna for months between Iran on the one hand and China, Russia, France, the United Kingdom and Germany on the other hand to revive the Iranian nuclear agreement, whose effects evaporated after the United States withdrew from it in 2018.

The United States participates in the negotiations indirectly through a mediator from the European Union.

Officials from several participating countries, including Iran, have said in recent weeks that the agreement is very close, but it has not yet seen the light, due to various obstacles.

Among the outstanding issues is Iran's demand to remove the name of the Revolutionary Guards from the US list of terrorist organizations, although Washington has repeatedly stressed that this will not mean, in any case, the lifting of sanctions against the organization.


Completion of the agreement

"We will not return to Vienna for new negotiations, but to complete the nuclear agreement," Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said at his weekly press conference in Tehran on Monday.

"At the moment, we have not got a final response from Washington. If Washington answers the outstanding issues, then we can go to Vienna as soon as possible," he added.

"I don't think this return of the ball to our court can be described as fair," Price said.

"We still believe that it is possible to overcome our recent differences," he added, warning that that "would not be possible" when Iran's nuclear program came very close to building a bomb.

For his part, the Chief of Staff of the Israeli Army Aviv Kohavi confirmed that the level of preparedness in the Israeli Air Force to attack Iran is high, and that the intensity of the attacks and raids carried out by it has a prominent role in preventing the Iranian entrenchment in Syria and preventing the strengthening of Hezbollah, as he put it.

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