Iran says it’s committed to reaching a deal and blames US

TEHRAN — Nasser Kanaani, spokesman for Iran’s foreign ministry, said Tuesday that Iran is determined to reach a good deal and the responsibility for such a deal rests with the United States.

Kanaani wrote on Twitter that Iran is still a party to the 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

“Iran was and remains a JCPOA member. The party that needs to show ‘good faith’ and ‘seriousness’ to ‘re-enter’ the deal is the US,” he said, adding, “We remain committed to reaching a good, strong and lasting agreement that the JCPOA requirements guarantee advantages for Iran. The responsibility lies with the US.”

The tweet comes amid rising tensions between Iran and the West after the latest round of talks in Doha failed to bridge gaps between the two sides.

Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi and French President Emmanuel Macron spent two hours on the phone on Saturday, during which the nuclear issue was the main focus.

Raisi condemned the unconstructive actions and positions of the United States and European countries, stating, “Issuing a resolution in the International Atomic Energy Agency was a crisis-ridden action aimed at pressuring the Iranian nation, which undermined political confidence.”

The Iranian President, who is also the Chairman of the Supreme National Security Council, stressed: “The Islamic Republic of Iran considers reaching an agreement dependent on the full resolution of security issues and the provision of necessary guarantees, including continued valid compliance by the parties to the agreement and the Safeguarding the economic interests of the Iranian nation.”

President Macron stressed the continued role of his country in the process of ending the nuclear negotiations.

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Ali Bagheri Kani has briefed Iranian lawmakers on a number of Iranian foreign policy issues including the nuclear negotiations.
On Sunday afternoon, he attended the parliament’s national security and foreign policy committee, where he outlined the Islamic Republic’s regional and international policies and answered questions from lawmakers, according to the foreign ministry.

After the meeting, Abolfazl Amouei, the speaker of the parliamentary committee, offered further details of the meeting. He said lawmakers on the committee stressed the need to get adequate guarantees from the US in the event of a return to the nuclear deal.

Amouei said: “In another part of the meeting, Bagheri explained the process of the nuclear negotiations and that the relationship between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the 4+1 group of countries will continue through Borrell and Mora, the foreign policy coordinators of the European Union, and that the issues are discussed.”

He added: “At this meeting, the representatives stressed that they would receive sufficient guarantees from the American side in the event of a return to the joint comprehensive plan of action.”

The committee spokesman referred to the solution and regulation of the liability issue highlighted in the meeting. He said, “The chief Iranian negotiator and MPs present at the meeting emphasized the pursuit of the goal of economic benefits for the Iranian people from the potential deal.”

The latest round of nuclear talks took place in Doha, Qatar, with no concrete results. Iran said the reason was US abstention from making the necessary policy decisions needed to complete the talks. On the other hand, the US made a similar accusation against Iran.

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