Iran's top leader says West, U.S. "unreliable" in nuke talks


© APA | Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

# 28 July 2021 19:12 (UTC +04:00)

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that the West and the United States are "unreliable" in nuclear talks, according to the leader's official website, APA reports citing Xinhua.

"It became evident in this government (of President Hassan Rouhani) that trust in the West does not work, and they do not help," Khamenei made the remarks in a meeting with the cabinet of outgoing administration of Rouhani.

The Iranian governments should not rely on the West over the country's domestic affairs, he said.

On the recent nuclear talks between Iran and the world powers, with Washington indirectly involved, in Austria's capital Vienna, he noted that the Americans stood firm on their stubborn position and did not take a single step forward in the negotiations.

The Iranian leader accused the United States of "violating their promises and commitments," particularly over the Joint Commission of the agreement, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The U.S. government under former President Donald Trump withdrew from the JCPOA in May 2018 and unilaterally re-imposed sanctions on Iran. In response, Iran gradually stopped implementing parts of its commitments to the deal from May 2019.

Between April 6 and June 20, the JCPOA Joint Commission, attended by a U.S. delegation indirectly, held offline talks in Vienna to discuss a possible return of the United States to the JCPOA and how to ensure the full and effective implementation of the deal.

The parties recently said serious differences remain between Iran and the United States over revitalization of the deal after six rounds of talks.