Tehran (IP) - The Spokesman of Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs says the initiative proposed by Oman's government over the JCPOA does not suggest a new agreement.

Iran PressIran news: Iran's international nuclear agreement or the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was signed between the country and P5+1 countries (Russia, China, UK, Germany, France, and the US) in 2015, to lift the West's sanctions on Iran, but the US scrapped it on May 18, 2018, re-imposing more sanctions on Iran.

Nasser Kanaani told reporters on Monday at his weekly press conference that Oman's initiative is not a new plan for a new JCPOA but it was proposed to converge the involved parties' views for their committed return to the 2015 agreement. 

Kanaani referred to Iran's negotiations with other parties and the indirect messages to the US for the return and reiterated that Oman's initiative is among other ones presented by the friend countries to close the JCPOA parties' views. 

He pointed out that Iran stayed committed to the international deal but the US unilaterally withdrew and the European sides evaded fulfilling their obligations. 

The Iranian MFA spokesman said that the country follows up the diplomatic approach to the JCPOA and supports the facilitative initiatives, yet it would not tie all things in its foreign policy to the deal while trying to remove and neutralize the West's sanctions on Iran.  

Tokyo, September, and Oman are the ones recently proposed by the friend countries to facilitate JCPOA implementation. 

The Spokesman of Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in his weekly press conference said that the Sultan of Oman plan and the 'September Document' are initiatives that lead to the return of the parties to the JCPOA, and we have welcomed them with good intentions.

He added: The current situation is the result of the US government not returning to the agreement. As long as the diplomatic path continues to ensure the interests of the Iranian nation, we follow it.

Iran supports political approach to the Caucasus, rejects geopolitical changes

The Spokesman of Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the Islamic Republic supports the political solutions to the disputes between the Republic of Azerbaijan and Armenia but never accepts any geopolitical change in the international borders.

Nasser Kanaani stressed: "We oppose any change in the international and geopolitical borders. Disputes should be resolved within the framework of the political process and the use of the region's capacities; we are against the presence of foreigners in the region."

Noting that the Head of the Armenian National Security Council would meet Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in Tehran, Kanaani told the reporters that the Armenian official met with his Iranian counterpart and discussed the latest developments in the South Caucasus.

Kanaani said the developments in the Caucasus are important for Iran which is one of the influential countries in the region, adding that the head of the Armenian National Security Council visited Tehran following the continuation of the neighboring countries' decision. 

Iran and Egypt have had positive developments 

Kanaani said that Relations between Iran and Egypt have had positive developments in the shadow of positive developments in the region.

"The meeting and discussion of foreign ministers in New York has shown the positive will to take positive steps. Talks have been held at different levels and we are optimistic about the process," he added.

The spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the exchange of prisoners between Iran and the United States said: "We do not currently have a new discussion in this regard, but pursuing the release of Iranians in the prisons of all countries is an important matter and is one of the consular responsibilities of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs."

Resumption of activities of Azerbaijani diplomats in Iran

Nasser Kanaani added: "The progress of talks for the resumption of activities of Azerbaijani diplomats in Iran's embassy is good and encouraging. We hope to see the resumption of activities of Azerbaijan's embassy in Iran soon."

Regarding the cancellation of visas with some countries, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said: "The issue is being investigated and there are several plans and ideas in this field."

"Meetings have been held and it is necessary for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to send its summary to the Council of Ministers after carefully examining the cultural, political, and security aspects," he added.


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