Tehran (IP) - The Spokesman of Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs says Israel is poisoning the Vienna talks through spreading lies.

Iran PressIran news: In a tweet on Wednesday, Saeed Khatibzadeh wrote: "Israeli regime whose existence relies on tension is at it again, trumpeting lies to poison Vienna talks."

Khatibzadeh then called on all parties to concentrate on the talks on the JCPOA and ignore things disturbing the process.

"All parties in the room now face a test of their independence & political will to carry out the job— irrespective of the fake news designed to destroy prospects for success," he added.

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

Yet, after Donald Trump took office as the US 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. 

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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 following the agreement, it will stop the scale-backs.

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

Six rounds of talks were held until June. However, the talks failed to produce a breakthrough as the United States raised new issues not related to the original JCPOA.

For example, the US tried to include Iran's missile program and regional policies to revitalize the multilateral agreement.

Moreover, the Biden administration also tried to extend Iran's nuclear program limits, which automatically lifted in the future years.

Now once again, the negotiations are underway in Vienna. Representatives of Iran and the P4 + 1 are there to discuss sanctions against Iran and other issues. 


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