The proposal for the renewal of the JCPOA agreement was drawn up by EU diplomacy after indirect negotiations between Tehran and Washington, which lasted 16 months. It provided it to the participants in the negotiations in August, and since then Iran and the United States have commented on the text once. This week, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said Tehran needed more assurances from Washington, such as that another US administration would not terminate the deal again, as happened in 2018 under President Donald Trump.
The EU sent the Iranian text to the US and other participants in the agreement – Britain, China, Russia, Germany and France. “The way forward will, as always, be the subject of discussions with partners and the US,” Borrell said. But he has already stated that he does not see room for major changes in the proposal, which he considers to be balanced.
The White House said today that it is not possible to link the renewal of the JCPOA with inspections of Iran’s nuclear sites under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). As part of these inspections, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) found unexplained traces of uranium at three Iranian sites. According to Tehran, the IAEA reports are politically motivated. The US says Iran is making the renewal of the deal conditional on stopping these inspections.
In 2015, Iran entered into an agreement known as the JCPOA, which was supposed to slow down its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions against Iran. In addition to Iran, it was signed by the USA, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany, and as a guarantor of the EU. Since 2018, when the US withdrew from the JCPOA, Iran has stopped fulfilling the obligations contained in the agreement.
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