Iran says ready for snap return to nuclear deal compliance
US President-elect Joe Biden has expressed readiness to return to the agreement but over the past 18 months Iran has suspended the implementation of some of its own obligations, including key limits to its uranium enrichment programme.
"Just as soon as the 5+1 or 4+1 resume all of their commitments, we will resume all of ours," Rouhani said.
"I've said it before -- it doesn't take time, it's just a question of willing," he said in comments to his cabinet aired by state television
Parliament, which has been controlled by conservatives since a February election marred by record low turnout, passed a bill last week that threatens the prospects for a thaw in relations with Washington.
The bill, which still has to be signed into law by Rouhani, would relaunch Iran's enrichment of uranium to 20 percent purity and threaten other future measures that would likely sound the death knell of the nuclear deal.
In a blow to the president, the Guardian Council, which arbitrates disputes between parliament and the government, approved the bill last week.
But in his comments on Wednesday, Rouhani appeared to suggest that he would withhold his signature from the bill.
"It is vital that we speak with a single voice," the president told ministers.
"People voted for a platform... and they want four years of action," said Rouhani, who won re-election in 2017 with more than 57 percent of the vote.
Iran is the Middle Eastern country hardest-hit by the coronavirus pandemic with more than 51,000 deaths from nearly 1.1 million cases, according to official figures.
Vaccines and other humanitarian goods are supposed to be exempt from the US sanctions but in practice few if any banks are willing to take the chance.
"We want to buy the vaccine... the money is... ready but no bank will handle the transaction," Rouhani told ministers.