Jul 20, 2021, 3:08 PM
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Iran's high-ranking officials decide on JCPOA: Govt. spokesman

Tehran, IRNA - The Islamic Republic of Iran's principled stances on the 2015 nuclear deal have always been prepared based on instructions by high-ranking entities in Tehran, an Iranian spokesman says.

Ali Rabiei, Iran's Government Spokesman, said in a Tuesday weekly briefing that the incumbent administration in Tehran has advanced the main part of negotiations in Vienna, Austria, and that preliminary understandings have been made on the issue of lifting sanctions by the United States, but a committee at Iran's Supreme National Security Council found the understandings in contradiction with a law approved by the parliament in December 2020. 

So, the Vienna talks have been postponed to the time when the upcoming administration of president-elect Ebrahim Raisi takes power within a few weeks, he noted.

The negotiations on reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal have reached their last step, and now they are adjourned to inauguration of the next administration in Tehran; however, the United States as the real violator of the nuclear agreement shoulders the responsibility to end maximum pressure and return to its commitments under the accord.

The Trump administration pulled out of the deal also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in May 2018 and re-imposed anti-Iran sanctions, which should be lifted according to the agreement, which was endorsed by the UN Security Council's Resolution 2231.

Tehran suspended implementing the Additional Protocol to its Safeguards Agreement on February 23, 2021. The Islamic Republic decided to suspend observance in accordance with a legislation in order to force the US to lift sanctions. So, the IAEA has not had any access to surveillance images of both Natanz and Fordow nuclear facilities in Iran.

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