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Tehran has not “boycotted” its return to nuclear talks in Vienna, spokesman for Iranian Parliament’s Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy said, saying Western states must first meet their obligations .

Speaking in an interview with an Iranian news agency on Monday, Mahmoud Abbaszadeh Meshkini said the “The ball is in the court of Western countries”, regarding the resumption of stalled discussions on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

He said countries that have pulled out of the historic nuclear deal and failed to live up to their end of the deal should first make sure they meet their obligations. His comment was aimed at the United States, which unilaterally withdrew in 2018 under President Donald Trump, as well as Germany, France and the United Kingdom, which he said failed to live up to their commitments in the JCPOA. .

The spokesperson also said that the lifting of sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union against the Islamic Republic is a precondition for the resumption of nuclear talks, as well as the implementation of their commitments by these two. parts.

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Meshkini’s remarks come after EU political director Enrique Mora, the chief negotiator’s coordinator, met his Iranian counterparts in Tehran last Thursday, four months after talks between the state and the Powers broke down global.

Iran’s foreign ministry has said it will hold talks with the bloc in Brussels in the coming days after Mora’s visit. Mikhail UlyanovRussia’s permanent envoy to the nuclear watchdog of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna said the talks can be seen as a “Preparatory stage for the resumption of real negotiations”, noting that they cannot “Substitute the Vienna negotiations on the JCPOA”, Nevertheless.

The atomic deal, which required Tehran to curb its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions, was signed between Iran, China, France, Germany, Russia, EU, UK United and the United States in 2015.

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After Trump pulled Washington out of the historic deal, the White House imposed a new round of embargoes on Tehran, which began resuming uranium enrichment beyond levels authorized by the JCPOA.

President Joe Biden’s administration has shown keen interest in relaunching the deal and has engaged in indirect talks with Iran in Vienna, but has so far been reluctant to heed demands for the lifting of sanctions before that the discussions do not continue.

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