News ID: 323256
Published: 0225 GMT August 01, 2022

Iran: New round of nuclear talks to be held soon

Iran: New round of nuclear talks to be held soon
MOHAMMAD BABAEI/IRNA
The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani addresses a ‎weekly press conference in Tehran on August 1, 2022. ‎

Political Desk

The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Monday it is likely that ‎the sides reach an agreement on the timing of the new round of the talks on ‎the revival of a 2015 nuclear deal and removal of U.S. sanctions on the ‎Islamic Republic in the near future. ‎ 

Making the remark in an address to a weekly press conference, Nasser Kanaani added that the Islamic Republic welcomes any initiative that would contribute to the achievement of an agreement in the nuclear negotiations, IRNA reported.

He stressed that Iran has always been the side to have developed and submitted initiatives in the talks and has never left the negotiating table, saying the Islamic Republic sees the negotiation process as logical and rational, contributing to the achievement of a comprehensive agreement that would guarantee the country’s interests, particularly economic interests, within the framework of the nuclear agreement.

Kanaani noted that over the past days, different messages were seriously exchanged between the sides and the European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell proposed a draft of an agreement, also received by the other parties, based on the previous negotiations, saying Iran has also received and studied the draft and expressed its viewpoints.

He added that other efforts have been made to accelerate the restoration of the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), over the past days, such as the comprehensive phone conversation between Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi and his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, parts of which pertained to the negotiations.

Kanaani said other countries’ senior diplomats, including foreign ministers, have also made endeavors to bring the sides’ views closer together and proposed initiatives to Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in separate phone calls.

He reiterated that Iran has always reacted positively to any initiative that would help expedite the achievement of an agreement and stresses that it has always been present at the negotiating table and demonstrated flexibility, while submitting initiatives.

Kanaani emphasized, however, that reaching an agreement hinges completely on the other side’s will and determination, urging the United States to prove that it is truly ready to achieve a “logical, rational and lasting” agreement and refrain from raising marginal issues that would lead to the talks’ digression from their right path.

He stressed that the Islamic Republic sees the achievement of a nuclear agreement as a serious strategy, not a tactic, as it can safeguard both Iran’s interests and those of the other sides.

Iran signed the JCPOA with world powers in July 2015, agreeing to curb its nuclear program in return for the removal of sanctions on the country. However, former U.S. president Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the agreement in May 2018 and reimposed unilateral sanctions on Tehran, prompting the Islamic Republic, after a year of strategic patience, to reduce some of its commitments under the pact in phases.

The diplomatic process to revive the JCPOA began in April 2021 in Vienna, but was suspended in March this year because of political differences between Tehran and Washington.

After a three-month pause, the talks resumed in late June in Qatar’s capital Doha.

On Sunday, Iranian lawmaker Yaqoub Rezazadeh said the new round of nuclear talks will probably be ‎held soon in Vienna.

 

IAEA cooperation

 

Turning to the Islamic Republic’s relations with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Foreign Ministry spokesman said cooperation with the agency is of great importance for Iran as a responsible country which has always fulfilled its commitments within the framework of the IAEA’s frameworks.

He said Iran expects the agency and its Director General Rafael Grossi to act professionally and impartially, free from any political orientation or motivation, to be able to play a facilitative role in the process of the negotiations to lift the sanctions.

 

No direct talks with U.S.

 

Kanaani stressed that Iran has held no direct negotiations with the U.S. government on the issue of prisoners’ swap, or any other nuclear or nonnuclear topics, saying the indirect messages between Tehran and Washington are exchanged through the EU and Borrell.

“Our position on our prisoners is quite clear. We expect the U.S. government to unconditionally free the Iranian nationals it has arrested cruelly and in the absence of any judicial ground, solely on charges of having a role in bypassing Washington’s draconian sanctions against the Iranian nation, and handed them severe sentences.”

 

 

   
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Resource: IRNA
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