Iran rejects chance to revive nuclear deal with US

Tehran denied a media claim that Iran was on the ‘brink of an interim nuclear deal’ with the United States, saying no such deal existed, reports Xinhua news.

The semiofficial Tasnim news agency said Tehran and Washington are close to signing an interim agreement.

Iran’s permanent representative to the United Nations stated on Thursday in response to such claims by London-based online news outlet Middle East Hour. It is said that under the deal, Tehran will reduce its nuclear program in exchange for the relaxation of various sanctions imposed on Iran.

‘There is an interim agreement to replace the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which is not on the agenda,’ the Iranian mission said in a statement.

A spokesman for the White House National Security Council also rejected the report, calling it ‘false and misleading’.

Iran signed the JCPOA with world powers in July 2015. Under the deal, Tehran agreed to some restrictions on its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions on Iran.

However, in May 2018, Washington imposed new unilateral sanctions on Tehran after announcing that the United States would withdraw from the agreement. As a result, Iran also announced that it would withdraw from its commitments under this agreement.

Negotiations on the re-enactment of the JCPOA began in April 2021 in Vienna. No progress has been made in this regard since the last round of talks in August 2022.

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