US Must Prove Good Faith, Seriousness to Rejoin JCPOA 

Iran remains committed to reach a good, strong and lasting agreement that guarantees JCPOA-envisioned benefits for Iran, Kanaani said 
US Must Prove Good Faith, Seriousness to Rejoin JCPOA 
US Must Prove Good Faith, Seriousness to Rejoin JCPOA 

The United States is the party which needs to prove its good faith and seriousness to re-enter the 2015 nuclear deal, a senior Iranian diplomat said after Washington laid the responsibility on Tehran to engage constructively. 
“Iran has been & still remains a JCPOA member,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Nasser Kanaani said in a tweet, using the abbreviation for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action as the deal is formally called.
The JCPOA offered sanctions relief to Iran in return for curbs on its nuclear program, but the US pulled out in 2018 and reimposed tough sanctions which prompted Tehran to scale down its commitments.
Indirect negotiations have been underway in Vienna, Austria, for over a year to work out how both sides can resume compliance, but the talks have reached an impasse over a few final differences. 
Proximity negotiations in Doha, Qatar, with the European Union mediation also did little in addressing the remaining bilateral issues. 
Kanaani’s remarks came in response to US State Department spokesman Ned Price, who said Washington is prepared to re-enter the deal on a mutual basis, but stressed that it is a “two-way street” and that the Iranians would need to do the same. 
“The onus is on Iran to come forward to make clear that Tehran is ready to engage constructively, to put aside extraneous issues, and to talk in good faith about the deal that has been on the table for some time,” he said. 
He also accused Iran of dragging its feet and doing nothing to advance the process.
“Every day that is filled with nothing but silence on their end, it’s an indication to us that they are not serious and that they are not ready to re-enter the JCPOA on a mutual basis.”
Kanaani stressed that Iran remains committed to reach a good, strong and lasting agreement that guarantees JCPOA-envisioned benefits for Iran. 
“The onus is on the US,” he stressed. 
Besides a complete and verifiable removal of sanctions before reversing its nuclear measures, Tehran has demanded assurances that it can continue to enjoy the economic benefits promised under the deal in the future. 



Legitimate Demands 

Tehran maintains that the success of Vienna talks depends on the US political decision to fulfill Iran’s legitimate demands.
Price said Washington made a political decision early on in this administration that if Iran were to re-enter the JCPOA, the US would do the same. 
“There is an agreement that has been on the table … that essentially hammers out the logistics and the details of doing so … the onus is now on them to take that deal,” he asserted.
He refused to point out the requirements Iran has set, saying he would let the Iranians air publicly what it is they are referring to. 
President Ebrahim Raisi once again laid down the details of Iran’s demands in a recent phone conversation with his French counterpart Emanuel Macron. 
“In Iran’s view, reaching an agreement depends on the complete settlement of safeguards issues, as well as required guarantees, including for continued and credible adherence of parties to the deal and for economic benefits of the Iranian nation,” he said. 
The International Atomic Energy Agency has raised safeguards questions about uranium particles allegedly found in undeclared sites in Iran. 
Iran provided the required documents as per an agreement reached with the agency in March, but the director general reported in July that the explanations were not credible, which paved the way for the passing of an anti-Iran resolution by the IAEA Board of Directors. 
Raisi said the measure was aimed at putting pressure on Iran, which caused a crisis and dealt a blow to political trust.

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