Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has asked that nuclear talks be restarted “very soon” as the American decision on whether to remain in the nuclear deal.
“We agreed that the negotiations on the final outcome of these talks will be held at an appropriate time. If there are no other changes to the regulations and formats, and such issues remain as they are now, the negotiation will continue,” Rouhani said in remarks published by the ISNA news agency on Saturday.
Earlier, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced that the negotiations for a “swift” resumption will start “in the upcoming week.”
According to Zarif, those talks will focus on whether the sanctions and other restrictions can be lifted before the end of November, when the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is expected to certify Iran is adhering to its nuclear agreement.
On May 8, U.S. President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. is withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, which was reached by Iran and a number of world powers.
“The Iran nuclear deal was a one-sided deal in which the United States got nothing and the people of Iran got everything,” Trump said in announcing the U.S. withdrawal from the agreement.
Rouhani called it “painful” for the United States to have to leave the deal.
“This exit for the U.S. is not easy. This exit could be a very painful exit for the U.S. We will not forgive them for this,” he said.
Trump’s critics have argued that the withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal removes the U.S. as a guarantor of the agreement.
“Iran would no longer be a participant in a treaty that it helped craft, one with expectations and protections for it that it considers fair,” British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said after Trump announced the U.S. withdrawal.