Iran, Russia, and China Urge West to Revive Nuclear Deal as Talks Stall

Tehran, Moscow, and Beijing issued a joint statement on Wednesday, reiterating their support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and calling on the West to take steps to restore the agreement.

Iran (IMNA) - The statement, released during the sixth meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors, emphasized that the countries' support for the deal has not wavered since 2018, when the US illegally withdrew from the agreement.

The joint statement reads: "Our countries have consistently provided strong support to the JCPOA… Our support for the nuclear deal has not changed since 2018, when the United States illegally and unilaterally withdrew from this agreement, while the imposition of unilateral illegal sanctions and the implementation of a policy of maximum pressure on Iran became a turning point for this agreement."

The statement also urged the West to show political will and take concrete steps to revive the deal. The JCPOA was signed in 2015 between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany, but was abandoned by the US in 2018 under President Donald Trump.

Since April 2021, Russia, the UK, Germany, China, the US, and France have been in talks with Iran to reinstate the deal. However, negotiations have been at a standstill since August due to Washington's insistence on maintaining its hardline position on sanctions. Iran has maintained that it is necessary for the other side to offer guarantees that it will remain committed to any agreement that is reached.

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