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Upbeat speculations on revival of JCPOA

London, June 2, IRNA - Positive and hopeful comments made by the parties involved in the fifth round of the Joint Commission meetings of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) enhance optimism for the revival of the deal before the end of President Hassan Rouhani's term.

Ali Rabiei, the spokesman of the Iranian government, addressed reporters on Tuesday that there is no main obstacle in the way of reviving the nuclear agreement, expressing hope that the negotiations will bear fruit before handing over the administration to the next government in Iran.

The P5+1, the European Union, and Iran signed a deal in 2015, which was endorsed by the UN Security Council's Resolution 2231 later, but then US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the international accord in May 2018 and re-imposed illegal sanctions on the Iranian nation.

Top diplomats from signatories to the JCPOA held several meetings in Vienna, Austria, in the last couple of months in order to pave the way for the return of the United States' Biden administration to the nuclear deal. The fifth round of the Joint Commission meetings has been participated by deputies and political directors of member states of the P4+1 group (the UK, France, Russia, China plus Germany) and Iran along with representatives of the European Union in Austria's capital.

Rabiei referred to reaching a principled agreement to revive the JCPOA, saying that as a result of numerous sanctions imposed by the Trump administration on Iran and Tehran's response to the bans, the negotiating teams are discussing lots of details; however, capitals involved in the negotiations have the political will to overcome the obstacles.

The spokesman also underlined that the current administration is determined to do its duty and hand over the country to the next government without illegal sanctions.

European Union's foreign policy spokesman Peter Stano stressed on the need to make use of diplomacy in the way of implementing the JCPOA completely.

The European Union is committed to making every attempt to put the nuclear deal back on track, he said, noting that there are still difficult issues to be solved, but the bloc is determined to continue this job.

The Islamic Republic of Iran calls for lifting of all sanctions and emphasizes that Tehran will return to its commitments under the deal after all sanctions are removed and it verifies the measure.

Abbas Araghchi, Iran's top negotiator, said that the Vienna talks are very complicated, but good progress have been made.

Wang Qun, the permanent representative to the permanent mission of China to the United Nations in Vienna, urged all sides to show political determination to revive the nuclear agreement.

Mikhail Ulyanov, Russia's permanent representative to the Vienna-based International Organizations, announced that issues of disagreements on the revival of the JCPOA have been significantly decreased.

The Iranian government spokesman also said that Tehran will continue the Vienna talks within the framework of the general policies of the Islamic Republic of Iran as well as under the supervision of Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

Rabiei added that the negotiations are at the level, where some key issues should be decided, so they should be reviewed in accurate, careful and time-bound manner.

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