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2022-August-4  17:47

Iran's Lead Negotiator Advises US to Grab Chance for Reviving JCPOA

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Chief Negotiator Ali Baqeri Kani called on the United States to take the present diplomatic opportunity provided by the generosity of the nuclear deal partners to work out an agreement, and said the ball is now in Washington's court.

Baqeri Kani made the comment on his Twitter page ahead of his visit to the Austrian capital for talks on the removal of the sanctions against Tehran.

“Heading to Vienna to advance the negotiations. The Onus is on those who breached the deal and have failed to distance from ominous legacy," the senior diplomat said.

The US must seize the opportunity offered by the JCPOA partners’ generosity; ball is in their court to show maturity and act responsibly,” he added.

The announcement came after EU Deputy Foreign Policy Chief Enrique Mora stated he is going to the Austrian capital to discuss the EU Foreign Policy Chief Borrell’s JCPOA proposal.

Robert Malley, the US Special Envoy for Iran, is also expected to travel to Vienna for the next round of negotiations.

In late July, Borrell said he has proposed a new draft text to revive the 2015 agreement, adding there is no room left for further major compromises. The top diplomat did not provide details about his proposal.

Both Iran and the United States have confirmed that the European Union had put forth a new proposal.

Iran says it welcomes the path of diplomacy and negotiation to attain a strong, good and durable deal, and calls on the United States to embrace pragmatism to find a solution.

Baqeri Kani also said on Wednesday that the US' determination to reach an agreement will be verified in the upcoming talks in Vienna.

He made the comment at a meeting in Tehran with Pasquale Ferrara, the General Director for Political Affairs and International Security at the Italian Foreign Ministry.

The Iranian official noted that the Vienna negotiations are aimed at setting conditions for the US to return to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

Therefore, he added, Washington cannot set conditions for Tehran which is a party to the accord.

Iranian officials say the ball is in the US' court, and the administration of President Joe Biden should assure Tehran that it will not repeat Donald Trump's past mistakes.

Iran and the five remaining parties to the nuclear deal have held several rounds of negotiations since April last year to restore the agreement, which was unilaterally abandoned by Trump in May 2018.

In quitting the agreement, Trump restored sanctions on Iran as part of what he called the “maximum pressure” campaign against the country. Those sanctions are being enforced to this day by the Biden administration, even though it has repeatedly acknowledged that the policy has been a mistake and a failure.

Iranian officials have criticized Washington for raising excessive demands from Tehran during the nuclear talks, and blocking efforts to reach an agreement on the JCPOA. They emphasized the Tehran's will to reach a good, strong and lasting agreement, and stressed that the US should lift unilateral sanctions, and assure Iran that it will not repeat its past mistakes.