Iran says US, allies missed chance to revive JCPOA last year

Tehran, IRNA – Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman says the September document concerning the talks to revive the Iran nuclear agreement is not a new document but the outcome of previous rounds of negotiations between Iran and the remaining parties to the deal.

Nasser Kanaani made the remarks during a press conference in Tehran on Monday, in response to IRNA’s correspondent who asked him to clarify Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian’s recent remarks about the “September document between Iran and the United States.”

According to Kanaani, the last round of negotiations on reviving the deal, also known as the JCPOA, in September last year was about to be finalized but the US and its European partners rejected the final document.

They made a miscalculation by taking into account the Iran riots as well as the developments in Ukraine, missing an important opportunity to conclude the talks, he said.

“They showed once again that they do not have the true will necessary for the parties to return to the JCPOA and fulfill their obligations,” Kanaani lamented.

The spokesman further noted that Iran will develop its relations with those seeking to expand ties with it based on mutual respect.

“In the meantime, we are witnessing the improvement of Iran’s regional and international status,” he said, adding that the developments have undoubtedly led to good achievements in increasing the volume of Iran’s trade with other countries.

— Responding to media hype on oil sale

Kanaani referred to claims made by Western media about the sale of oil and Iran’s commercial exchanges, saying that media reports might pursue certain objectives; however, Iran has time and again announced it will adhere to the diplomatic path, as it will seriously follow up the process of lifting the sanctions and it will not wait for the result of the negotiations on reviving the 2015 nuclear deal or the US administration’s stance on the Islamic Republic’s trade ties with other states.

The Islamic Republic will use all legal mechanisms to uphold the rights of the Iranian nation, the spokesman said, noting that Tehran uses the existing capacities in pursuing its relations and that numerous governments seek to develop cooperation with Iran.

— Issues related to Iranian expats

According to the diplomat, some issues such as supporting Iranian expatriates, facilitating their travel to their homeland, and increasing consular services have been significantly paid heed by the diplomatic apparatus of President Ebrahim Raisi’s administration.

The Islamic Republic provides Iranian expatriates with various services without pursuing any political considerations, he argued.

We have repeatedly said that consular services are not restricted to individuals, who have different viewpoints in dealing with the Islamic Republic or have criminal records, he said, noting that Iranian consular offices are tasked with providing all Iranian expatriates with various consular services.

Kanaani further explained that for those who are concerned about entering Iran, a consular system has been set up with the help of relevant entities; so, Iranian expats can put forward their questions and receive answers.

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