Iran criticized the United States on Monday for what it said was slow to deal with proposals to restore the 2015 nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and major powers.

The United States and the European Union studied Iran’s response to a draft “final” deal on reviving the landmark deal last week.

“What is significant is the delay by the US side in publishing its response,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani said.

“We acted in this regard in a timely manner and have always shown that we are responsible,” he told reporters in Tehran.

“The US government is responsible for the current situation, and if it seriously shows its political resolve in action and alongside promises and comments, acts responsibly, we can take the next step.”

Since taking office in 2021, President Joe Biden has sought to bring the United States back to the deal unilaterally abandoned by his predecessor Donald Trump in 2018.

Talks on reviving the deal began in April 2021 and paused after ultra-conservative Ebrahim Raisi was elected Iran’s president in June of that year, before resuming in November. .

The 2015 deal between Iran and six world powers – Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States – granted the Islamic Republic sanctions relief in return for restrictions on its nuclear program.

The agreement officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, was designed to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon – something it has always denied it wants to do.

The British, French, German and American leaders discussed the Iranian nuclear issue during a telephone conversation on Sunday, according to a statement from the White House.

They “discussed ongoing negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program, the need to strengthen support for partners in the Middle East region, and joint efforts to deter and limit Iran’s destabilizing regional activities,” the statement said. communicated.