Hit by US sanctions, Iran desperately needs partners to sell its oil, while China wants to increase its political and economic clout across the Middle East.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has criticised Europe's "inactivity on JCPOA commitments" and added that Iran is committed to "preserving the JCPOA and is the only party that has paid a price for it."
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said the US strikes were "illegal and a violation of Syria's sovereignty" in a meeting with his visiting Iraqi counterpart Fuad Hussein.
Iranian hardliners may see every progressive delay in nuclear talks as a signal to take one step back.
Iranian state TV reports Tehran has started to limit International Atomic Energy Agency’s inspections as Foreign Minister Javad Zarif says the country won’t share surveillance footage of its nuclear facilities with the UN agency.
US President Biden says Washington will not lift sanctions on Tehran until it shows compliance to 2015 nuclear deal. Tehran wants Washington to lift sanctions first before it returns to strict compliance with the pact.
Iran's statement comes as US President Joe Biden's administration tries to explore ways to restore the 2015 nuclear deal that was abandoned in 2018 by former President Donald Trump, who restored sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
Turkish Foreign Minister Cavusoglu says Ankara hopes the US will return to the 2015 agreement, speaking at a joint press conference with Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif in Istanbul.
Moscow and Tehran say Joe Biden's administration must lift sanctions and comply with 2015 nuclear deal as condition for Tehran to rejoin accord.
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Tehran has no problem working with the US on the question of oil but "we will not cooperate with you on the issue of Israel."
Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif says on Twitter that Israeli “agent-provocateurs” are aiming to put outgoing US President Trump “in a bind with a fake casus belli.”
Iran has managed to entrench itself in Syria and is fast becoming an immovable force in the country.
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