In response to Saudi Arabia’s recent proposal to Iran to consult with the Gulf countries on the nuclear-related negotiations, Iran rejected it on the 7th.
Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud proposed on the 5th that Iran could “fully negotiate” with Saudi Arabia on any possible progress in nuclear negotiations. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Said Khatibzad rejected the proposal on the 7th.
In response to questions from media reporters, Khatibzad said in response to the Saudi Arabian proposal: “Everyone can speak freely, but they’d better not say cross-border words so that they don’t want to be boring.” He did not name Saudi Arabia, but said that it was useless to think too much of the views of a country in the region.
Khatibzad identified Saudi Arabia as financing extremists and was responsible for many “trouble” in the Arab and Islamic worlds.
Iran reached a comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue with the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, China and Germany in 2015. Khatibzad reiterated Iran’s position against reopening the Iran nuclear agreement, while rejecting Germany’s recent proposal to increase restrictions on Iran’s ballistic missile program in the Iran nuclear agreement.
In May 2018, the U.S. government unilaterally withdrew from the Iran nuclear agreement and resumed and additional sanctions against Iran. Iran has gradually suspended the implementation of some of the terms of the agreement since May last year, but promised to take measures that are “reversible”. U.S. President-elect Joseph Biden hinted that he wants the United States to return to the Iran nuclear agreement.
Saudi Arabia, dominated by Sunnis, and Iran dominated by Shiites have long been at sent. Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic relations with Iran in January 2016. Saudi Arabia believes that the attack on oil facilities in September last year is related to Iran, which Iran denies.