Iran’s foreign minister has rebuked former US President Donald Trump as a “disgraced buffoon”, marking the third anniversary of his withdrawal from the historic Iran nuclear agreement, which was endorsed by UN Security Council Resolution 2231, in pursuit of a “maximum pressure” campaign against Tehran.
“As we try to revive JCPOA in Vienna, it's necessary to remember how it all started. 3 years ago today, a disgraced buffoon violated US obligations under JCPOA & UNSCR 2231,” Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote in a tweet on Saturday.
He added that the current US president, Joe Biden, has to decide now whether the US continues its lawlessness or it begins to adhere to laws.
As we try to revive JCPOA in Vienna, it's necessary to remember how it all started.— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) May 8, 2021
3 years ago today, a disgraced buffoon violated US obligations under JCPOA & UNSCR 2231.
Today, @POTUS has to decide whether US continues lawlessness or adheres to law. Onus is on US, not Iran.
The remarks came amid ongoing negotiations in Vienna to revive the deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA, which the Biden administration has promised a return to.
Iran’s mission to the European Union also called Trump a “fool” who threw “a stone in the pond that a hundred wise men cannot get out!”
“On this day in 2018, Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the JCPOA and threw that proverbial stone!” it said. “Now the wise men are hard at work to get it out.”
A fool throws a stone in the pond that a hundred wise men cannot get out!— IranMissionEU (@IranmissionEU) May 8, 2021
On this day in 2018, Donal Trump unilaterally withdrew from the JCPOA and threw that proverbial stone!
Now the wise men are hard at work to get it out.#JCPOA #IRAN #IranDeal
The Iranian mission was referring to the Vienna talks which have so far failed to secure a full US return to all of its commitments under the JCPOA, which includes the lifting of all sanctions that were imposed after the deal went into force in January 2016.
Iran’s Embassy in The Hague also marked the occasion, asking whether the US, which once proved its lawlessness by exiting the pact, can ensure Iranians and the world that the next administration will not withdraw again.
Today, 3 yrs ago US left #JCPOA. Now it claims remorse and wants to return to the deal. How can it ensure Iranians and the world that the next Administration won't withdraw again?#ViennaTalks pic.twitter.com/BzmbtkdA8E— ☫ Iran Embassy in The Hague, The Netherlands (@IRAN_in_NL) May 8, 2021
The fourth round of the talks in the Austrian capital was wrapped up on Friday, with both sides agreeing to speed up the diplomatic process.
During the Friday meeting, the participants agreed that the three expert-level working groups previously formed would begin consultations on drafting solutions to the stalemate revolving around the JCPOA, which has been in limbo since Washington’s unilateral withdrawal around three years ago.