Iran on Tuesday expressed its readiness to reach a good and strong agreement to revive its 2015 nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with the US, calling on Washington to also show “seriousness” in the process.
“Iran has been and still remains a JCPOA member. The party that needs to prove good faith and seriousness to re-enter the deal is the US,” Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Nasser Kan’ani said.
“We remain committed to reaching a good, strong, and lasting agreement that guarantees JCPOA-envisioned benefits for Iran. The onus is on the US,” Kan’ani said in a tweet.
However, US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price on Monday said that the initiative lies with Iran to come forward to make it clear that it is ready to engage constructively to carry the talks.
Price said, “If Iran were to re-enter the JCPOA, we would do the same.”
In April last year, Tehran and the world powers started negotiations in Vienna aimed at salvaging the 2015 nuclear deal in return of lifting sanctions on Iran.
But despite some progress, the Vienna talks hit a deadlock in March, and both the US and Iran blamed each other for their apparent failure.
Former US President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal in 2018 and reimposed more sanctions, prompting Iran to accelerate its nuclear program.
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