Transparency in nuclear talks is crucial - President Raisi

Nuclear Program Materials 29 August 2022 17:39 (UTC +04:00)
Transparency in nuclear talks is crucial - President Raisi

TEHRAN, Iran, August 29. Accurate information on the nuclear negotiations can help to progress the talks otherwise it would disrupt the process, said Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, Trend reports citing IRNA.

"I insist on providing information on the negotiation. I have never been in favor of keeping the information, we believe that transmission of information will be illuminating to the public opinion and the press and can help the talks," he stressed.

According to the President, the Foreign Ministry spokesman and the Deputy Foreign Minister will provide information alongside the press.

Iran had sent its response to the European proposal earlier this month, and Washington submitted its own feedback to the text. The EU’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, has described both responses as reasonable in possible agreement on the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal.

In January 2016, JCPOA was launched between Iran and the P5+1 group (US, Russia, China, UK, France, and Germany) in connection with Iran's nuclear program. In May 2018, the US announced its withdrawal from the deal and imposed sanctions on Iran in November of the same year.

To preserve the agreements reached as part of the JCPOA, the European signatories of the deal started in January 2019 that a financial mechanism for maintaining trade with Iran called INSTEX was formed.

On May 8, 2019, Iran announced that it had ceased fulfilling its commitments regarding the sale of over 300 kilograms of uranium, as stated in the deal, basing its decision on the other signatories that have not fulfilled their obligations. On July 7, Iran announced that it will not be fulfilling its commitments regarding the enrichment of uranium at 3.67 percent and the reconstruction of the Arak Heavy Water Reactor Facility as stated in the deal.

Iran announced that it will enrich uranium using next-generation centrifuges and will not mix it with the enriched uranium residues as part of the third step of reducing commitments in JCPOA on Sept.5.

On Nov. 5, 2019, Iran announced that it took the fourth step in connection with reducing its commitments to the nuclear agreement. So, uranium gas is being pumped into the centrifuges at the Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant. On Jan.2020, Iran took the last fifth step in reducing the number of its commitments within JCPOA.

As reported, in late 2020, the Iranian parliament has decided to implement a strategic plan to tackle the sanctions, citing the non-implementation 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 suspended the implementation of additional steps and an additional protocol provided for in the nuclear deal.

The US imposed new sanctions on Iran in November 2018. Over the past period, the sanctions affected Iranian oil exports, more than 700 banks, companies, and individuals.