Diplomatic channels remain open for Iran-US talks on nuclear program - MFA

Iran Materials 4 March 2024 14:16 (UTC +04:00)
Diplomatic channels remain open for Iran-US talks on nuclear program - MFA
Elnur Baghishov
Elnur Baghishov
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BAKU, Azerbaijan, March 4. Diplomatic channels are active between Iran and the US on Tehran's nuclear program and other issues, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Nasser Kanaani said during a press conference, Trend reports.

According to Kanaani, the epistles are being sent and received within the diplomatic framework and there has been no change in this direction.

Kanaani added that a change in the US administration will not change the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The US government has unilaterally withdrawn from the JCPOA and this responsibility lies with this state.

"Iran's main goal is to lift the unilateral sanctions imposed on the country and enjoy the rights of the Iranian people and state as defined in the JCPOA," he said.

On January 16, 2016, the JCPOA came into force between Iran and the P5+1 group (US, Russia, China, the UK, France, and Germany) regarding Iran’s nuclear program.

However, on May 8, 2018, the US withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between Iran and the 5+1 group (Russia, China, the UK, France, the US, and Germany) and imposed new sanctions on Iran starting from November 2018.

Since then, the sanctions have impacted Iran’s oil exports and more than 700 banks, firms, and individuals. The sanctions have led to the freezing of Iranian assets overseas.

The Iranian side demands that the US rejoin the JCPOA and that other members comply with the terms of the deal, and in that case it declares that it will abide by all the obligations specified in the deal.

In late 2020, the Iranian parliament adopted a strategic plan to counter the sanctions, citing the non-fulfillment of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) signed between Iran and six countries and the imposition of sanctions on Iran.

According to the decision of the Iranian parliament, as of February 23, Iran stopped the implementation of additional measures and an additional protocol included in the nuclear deal. As a consequence, the monitoring mechanism of the IAEA was reduced by 20–30 percent.

On December 26, 2023 some media outlets, quoting the IAEA, reported that Iran has been enriching uranium faster and to a higher degree since late November 2023. They said that Iran has produced about 9 kg of 60 percent-enriched uranium per month, which is enough for making 3 nuclear bombs. The amount of uranium required for one bomb is 42 kg. Iran’s 60 percent enrichment is still ongoing.


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