Tehran (IP)- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman tweeted: Orchestrating photo op to sell fake narratives about the need for "mutual return to JCPOA" doesn't change the reality that Iran has never left the deal, unlike the US.

Iran Press/Iran news: After 13 years of intensive international negotiations, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was concluded on July 14, 2015. One week later, the U.N. Security Council ratified Resolution No. 2231 and attached it to Annex A.

Yet, after Donald Trump took office as the U.S. President in January 2017 and took a few preliminary steps to fulfill the deal, he unilaterally withdrew from the agreement on May 8, 2018, and introduced the harshest sanctions in history against Iran in line with his "Maximum pressure" campaign against the Islamic Republic.

In a counter-sanctions measure, Iran's Supreme National Security Council started a series of scale-backs measures to stop the implementation of voluntary commitments to the JCPOA within the framework of the same deal.

Iran has repeatedly stated that if the other parties remaining in the JCPOA decide to implement their obligations by the agreement, it will stop the scale-backs.

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Iran and the remaining parties to the JCPOA started talks in April in Vienna to revive the deal. The U.S., under the Joe Biden administration, was also participating in the Vienna talks indirectly.

Six rounds of talks were held until June. However, the words failed to produce a breakthrough as the United States raised new issues not related to the original JCPOA. For example, the U.S. tried to include Iran's missile program and regional policies to revitalize the multilateral agreement. Moreover, the Biden administration also attempted to extend Iran's nuclear program limits, which will be automatically lifted in the future years. Under the JCPOA, Iran agreed to limit its nuclear activities to terminate economic and financial sanctions.

Now, Rafael Grossi, the director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency(IAEA), is in Tehran, so that he may be able to bring the IAEA's cooperation with Iran into line first and then reactivate the nuclear talks between Iran and the major powers to discuss sanctions against Iran.


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