News ID: 324443
Published: 0434 GMT October 03, 2022

FM: Iran, U.S. exchanged more messages to bring views closer on JCPOA revival

FM: Iran, U.S. exchanged more messages to bring views closer on JCPOA revival
Iranian FM Hossein Amir-Abdollahian (R) and Qatari FM Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani

The Iranian foreign minister said Tehran and Washington have exchanged more messages in order to bring their views closer on the restoration of a 2015 nuclear deal and removal of the sanctions.

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian made the revelation in a phone call with his Qatari counterpart, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani, on Sunday night, Press TV reported.

The top Iranian diplomat said the messages were exchanged through a mediator while he was in New York to attend the 77th United Nations General Assembly session.

Amir-Abdollahian also noted that Tehran is seriously working to reach a good, strong and sustainable agreement.

He said that his recent trip to New York provided an opportunity to bring closer the two sides’ views and that Iran believes negotiations are now on the right path.

The roadmap for further cooperation between the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) was also drawn up as AEOI President Mohammad Eslami attended the 66th annual regular session of the IAEA General Conference in the Austrian capital city of Vienna in late September, Amir-Abdollahian added.

The Qatari foreign minister said the United States believes the exchange of messages and the efforts of the European Union as a coordinator would lead to an agreement on the revival of the nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The United States, under former president Donald Trump, abandoned the JCPOA in May 2018 and reinstated unilateral sanctions that the deal had lifted.

The talks to salvage the agreement kicked off in Vienna in April last year, months after Joe Biden succeeded Trump, with the intention of examining Washington’s seriousness in rejoining the deal and removing anti-Iran sanctions.

Despite notable progress, the U.S. indecisiveness and procrastination caused multiple interruptions in the marathon talks.


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In related remarks at a weekly press conference on Monday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani urged the United States to drop its addiction to sanctions and adopt a constructive approach toward the JCPOA’s revival.

He added the United States does not seem to have the necessary political will for continuing the negotiations in Vienna.

“Imposing new sanctions on Iran shows that the U.S. government" is not following a "constructive" approach, Kanaani said, stressing that Washington “needs to abandon its addiction to sanctions and take on a constructive approach”.

Echoing Amir-Abdollahian’s earlier remarks in the phone conversation with the Qatari foreign minister, Kanaani said Tehran and Washington have exchanged more messages.

He also said Iran’s final draft, which has been already sent to the European side, was helpful in pushing the talks forward.



Resource: Press TV
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