Iran Open to Japan’s Initiative for Reviving Nuclear Deal
Iran’s Foreign Minister, Amirabdollahian, has manifestly indicated that Iran would welcome any initiative from Japan that aligns with its interests. This statement was made in response to a proposal he received from the Japanese government during an official visit to Tokyo. Although specifics of the initiative were not disclosed, it marked a significant moment in the ongoing international dialogue surrounding Iran’s nuclear program.
Japan’s Role in Reviving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action
Amirabdollahian publicly voiced support for Japan’s role in reviving the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The JCPOA is an agreement struck in 2015 between Iran and six major world powers with the objective of curtailing Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for lifting economic sanctions. The negotiations for reviving this agreement, involving Iran, Russia, China, France, Britain, and Germany, commenced in Vienna in April 2021.
While progress has been noted in several rounds of discussions, a significant breakthrough has yet to occur. The Iranian Foreign Minister attributes this delay to indecisiveness from Washington, reflecting an ongoing tension between the two nations over the terms of the agreement.
The Iranian Foreign Minister has levelled criticism at the United States, Britain, France, and Germany for their “excessive demands” in discussions about the nuclear deal. He asserts that these demands have impeded the progress of the negotiations. In addition to this, Amirabdollahian labelled these demands as “interference” in Iran’s domestic affairs, particularly in relation to the riots that occurred in the country last year.
Iran’s Readiness to Conclude Negotiations
On May 1, the spokesperson for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Nasser Kanaani, emphasized Iran’s readiness to conclude negotiations on the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal and the lifting of sanctions against Iran. Iran’s stance on this issue has been clear and consistent, as they have persistently advocated for the removal of sanctions imposed by the United States and its allies.
However, Kanaani also issued a warning to the other parties involved in the talks, stating that the opportunity for negotiations will not remain open indefinitely. This statement underscores the urgency of the situation and the need for a resolution to be reached promptly.
In conclusion, Iran is open to initiatives that align with its interests and is ready to conclude negotiations on the JCPOA. However, it has criticized the excessive demands and interference of certain countries, blaming them for the delay in progress. The country also warns that the window for negotiations will not stay open forever, emphasizing the urgency of the situation and the need for swift and effective diplomacy.
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