Iran's deputy foreign minister and top negotiator said on Sunday that the time and place of negotiations over the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) are being finalized.

Iran PressIran news: Diplomatic efforts to reach a comprehensive, long-term, and proper solution to the Iranian nuclear issue culminated in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) concluded on 14 July 2015 by China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, the High Representative of the European Union (the E3/EU+3) and the Islamic Republic of Iran.

On 20 July 2015, the Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 2231 endorsing the JCPOA.

Iran has fulfilled its obligations under the nuclear deal and never left the negotiating table despite the unlawful withdrawal of the United States from the JCPOA.

Iran initiated the counter-steps in 2019, after observing a year of strategic patience in the face of the US's withdrawal from JCPOA, and its re-introduction of the sanctions that the agreement had lifted.

Ali Bagheri Kani was speaking on the sidelines of the 4th International Conference on American Human Rights from the Supreme Leader's point of view here in Tehran on Sunday.

In respnse to Iran Press correspondent, Bagheri Kani said that negotiations in Doha took place within a predetermined framework.

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He added that the continuation of the talks is based on an agreement that exists between the Iranian side and Deputy EU foreign policy chief Enrique Mora.

The time and place of the next negotiations between the Iranian side and Mora are underway and is being finalized, Iran's top negotiator pointed out.

The eighth round of JCPOA talks started in Vienna on December 6, 2021. The talks mainly focus on the removal of anti-Iran sanctions and resolving some critical issues.

Despite significant progress in the negotiations, a number of important issues still remain unresolved and a final agreement seems out of reach as making the final decisions requires political decisions by western parties, especially Washington.