STORY: Iran said this week it sees no point in reviving a 2015 nuclear deal without guarantees the U.S. will not abandon it again.
Tehran also wants U.N. inspectors to stop probes of the country’s atomic program.
But a U.S. official called that stance “unreasonable.”
Speaking to the UN General Assembly earlier this week, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said his demands are based on past experience.
“The issue of guarantees is not just for something that may happen, we base that on lived experience, we’re speaking of the experience of America having left the JCPOA..."
Under the 2015 agreement, Tehran agreed to restrain its nuclear program in exchange for relief from U.S., EU and U.N. economic sanctions.
But in 2018, then-U.S. President Donald Trump ditched the deal, saying it was too soft on Iran.
Crippling sanctions returned.
Tehran started violating the curbs and rebuilding enriched uranium stockpiles.
There have been months of indirect talks between the current U.S. administration and Iran, but Tehran wants Washington to guarantee no future president would abandon the deal.
Joe Biden can’t do that because the deal is a political understanding... not a legally binding treaty.
The Islamic Republic also wants the International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA, to drop its years-long probes of unexplained traces of uranium found at three undeclared sites in Iran.
On Wednesday, IAEA chief Rafael Grossi said he hoped to speak to Iranian officials about the investigation...
"I have been manifesting to our Iranian counterparts that we are ready to re-engage. These things are not going to be wished away, are there, and we need to clarify them..."
Raisi and the French president also met this week.
When it comes to reaching a deal, Emmanuel Macron described the ball as being in Tehran’s camp.