Oct 12, 2021, 12:41 PM
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Countdown to revival of JCPOA; hard test for West

London, IRNA - While President Ebrahim Raisi administration's reviewing of the Vienna nuclear talks is nearing its final phase, the US and European signatories to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal have not taken tangible steps to secure Iranians' interests.

Following the United States' unilateral withdrawal from the nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in 2018 and re-imposition of anti-Iran sanctions, the international accord was violated by the West; and the Islamic Republic once more witnessed noncompliance by the Western powers in the history of relations between Iran and the West.

The JCPOA showed that international challenges can be solved through peaceful means based on negotiations; of course, if all sides abide by their commitments, but such a peaceful path was not pleasant for a minority such as former US President Donald Trump.

The European states followed the US, neglecting their commitments under the nuclear deal. Now, the Europeans urge Iran to return to the negotiating table.

President Raisi emphasized that the Islamic Republic will not retreat from Iranian nation's rights, noting that Tehran welcomes negotiations to pave the way for lifting cruel sanctions.

"We want negotiations not for the sake of talks, but we want to have a result-oriented negotiation, which lead to lifting of anti-Iranian sanctions," he stipulated.

However, Western media and authorities have claimed in recent weeks that Iran is not keen on resuming nuclear talks, namely German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that Tehran should return to the negotiating table immediately.

Antony Blinken, United States Secretary of State, also cautioned that the time for the Islamic Republic's returning to the JCPOA talks is running out.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh told France24 TV network that the 13th administration in Tehran is reviewing all details of the six rounds of talks in Vienna, Austria; so following the finalization of this process, Iranians are able to announce a due time for next round of negotiations.

The Islamic Republic of Iran has time and again underlined that it wants to see all sanctions relevant to the JCPOA and other embargoes imposed by the Trump administrations removed. Tehran also demands a guarantee that change of power in the US will not end up with revoking of any nuclear agreement.

Verification of Western commitments to the JCPOA and the Iranian demands is of great importance, which seems to be a difficult exam for the West, because they need to go beyond just expressing concern or threatening Iran.


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