Prospects for reviving JCPOA remains unclear due to US delay of political decision

2022-03-07 22:15:38
Prospects for reviving JCPOA remains unclear due to US delay of political decision

The chief of Iran’s national security council said on Monday the prospect for reviving the 2015 nuclear deal remains unclear as the US has yet to make a political decision.

“Prospect of a deal in #ViennaTalks remains unclear due to Washington's delay in making political decision. Priority of Iranian negotiators is to resolve remaining issues that are considered in the red line. Rapid access to a strong deal requires new initiatives from all parties,” Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, wrote in a post published on his Twitter page.

Iran’s top security official had earlier stated that securing the interests of the Iranian people was the only factor affecting the course of negotiations in the Austrian capital.

Shamkhani highlighted that Tehran was working on new negotiation initiatives and creative methods to "expedite a solution.”

“Vienna participants act & react based on interests and it's understandable. Our interactions with 4+1 are also solely driven by our people's interests,” Iran’s top security official tweeted.

The talks aimed at reviving the 2015 deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), are still underway.

The negotiations began last April on the assumption that the US, under the Biden administration, is willing to repeal the so-called maximum pressure policy pursued by former president Donald Trump.

Tehran says it won’t settle for anything less than the removal of all US sanctions in a verifiable manner. It also wants guarantees that Washington would not abandon the agreement again.

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