No political will on part of US to revive JCPOA

TEHRAN, May 04 (MNA) – The advisor to the Iranian negotiating delegation in the nuclear talks said that Joe Biden is afraid of signing the JCPOA revival agreement for electoral reasons.

Seyed Mohammad Marandi who accompanies the Iranian president during his visit to Damascus, in an interview with Al-Mayadeen, said that Iran still welcomes the revival of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) agreement. 

He added that the text agreed last year is acceptable.

The JCPOA was signed in 2015 between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany. Former US President Donald Trump illegally pulled out of the deal in 2018 while the current US President, Joe Biden, has signaled that he is ready to resurrect the agreement.

Russia, the UK, Germany, China, the US, and France have been in talks with Iran since April 2021 to reinstate the deal.

The talks to salvage the JCPOA kicked off in the Austrian capital of Vienna in April 2021, with the intention of examining Washington’s seriousness in rejoining the deal and removing anti-Iran sanctions.

The negotiations have been at a standstill since August due to Washington’s insistence on its hard-nosed position of not removing all the sanctions that were slapped on the Islamic Republic by the previous US administration. Iran maintains it is necessary for the other side to offer some guarantees that it will remain committed to any agreement that is reached.

According to Marandi, Washington does not have the political will to sign the agreement because Biden is afraid that he will sign the agreement and his opponent in the election will use it against him.


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