Hossein Amir-Abdollahian
Hossein Amir-AbdollahianKirill Kudryavtsev/Pool via REUTERS

Iran on Wednesday welcomed diplomatic efforts to revive its 2015 nuclear pact with major powers, a day after the European Union's top diplomat proposed a new text to restore the agreement.

"Iran welcomes the continuation of diplomacy and negotiations," Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian told EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell by telephone, according to the Reuters news agency.

"The United States always states that it wants an agreement, so this approach should be seen in the agreement and in practice," Amir-Abdollahian added.

The comments come a day after Borrell, in an op-ed published in The Financial Times, said he had proposed a new draft text to revive the 2015 deal.

Borrell also stressed that “decisions need to be taken now to seize this unique opportunity to succeed, and to free up the great potential of a fully implemented deal. I see no other comprehensive or effective alternative within reach.”

US State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters later on Tuesday that Washington was reviewing the "draft understanding" Borrell shared with Iran and other parties to the 2015 deal and would respond directly to the EU.

Iran scaled back its compliance with the 2015 deal, in response to former US President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the agreement in May of 2018, but has held several rounds of indirect talks with the US on a return to the agreement.

An agreement was nearly reached before the talks stopped in March. US Special Envoy for Iran Rob Malley told lawmakers recently that the prospects for reaching a deal with Iran are “tenuous” at best.

In June, Iran began removing essentially all the monitoring equipment installed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) under the 2015 nuclear deal.

Earlier this week, Iran announced it will refuse to turn back on the 27 IAEA cameras until the 2015 nuclear deal is restored.