DECEMBER 9, 2022
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Iran Attributes Failed Nuclear Talks to Western "Miscalculations"

Iran Attributes Failed Nuclear Talks to Western "Miscalculations"

Iran has pointed to what it calls Western states' "miscalculations regarding the riots in Iran" as the reason behind the failure to conclude talks on the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal in September of last year. During a weekly press conference in Tehran, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Nasser Kanaani revealed that the final draft resolution of the talks had been prepared in September 2022, with the aim of facilitating the return of all parties to the agreement, according to the Iranian Students' News Agency.

However, Kanaani claimed that the United States and its European partners had miscalculated their actions in the wake of domestic unrest in Iran. He accused them of investing in the riots and, as a result, losing the opportunity to reach an agreement due to delays and reluctance in concluding the negotiations.

Responding to questions about the European Union's potential refusal to cooperate with regard to lifting restrictions on Iran's missile program based on the "sunset clause" of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Kanaani stated that Iran would take corresponding measures based on the actions of the other side. While Iran remains committed to the diplomatic process for sanctions removal, it will simultaneously pursue the "neutralization" of embargoes. Kanaani emphasized that Iran has successfully exported oil to global markets and maintained relations with friendly nations despite the sanctions.

The JCPOA was signed by Iran and world powers in July 2015, resulting in curbs on Iran's nuclear program in exchange for the removal of sanctions. However, the United States withdrew from the agreement in May 2018 and reimposed unilateral sanctions on Iran, leading Iran to reduce some of its nuclear commitments under the deal. Talks on the revival of the JCPOA commenced in April 2021 in Vienna, Austria, but no breakthrough has been achieved following the latest round of talks in August 2022.

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