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    Qatar FM calls on PGCC states to establish ties with Iran


    Oct 13, 2021

    "Reiterating support for JCPOA, Qatari Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister called on member state countries of Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) to set up ties with Islamic Republic of Iran away from interference. While reiterating Qatar’s support for Iran’s nuclear deal, Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Sheikh Mohammad bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani Foreign Minister of Qatar said that return to nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran is in favor of everyone, adding that Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC)’s member states should establish ties with Iran away from any interference.

    Regarding the recent developments in Afghanistan, he said that withdrawing forces from Afghanistan is wrong and Qatar is in direct contact with Washington and Taliban in this regard.

    Settling the existing problem is not possible without interacting with interim government of Afghanistan, he added.

    "We have fulfilled the role of an impartial mediator and seek to make Afghanistan a stable and inclusive country. We are in touch with all Afghans and we preserve a good relationship with them. An approach based on international cooperation must be adopted on Afghanistan."

    Elsewhere in his remarks, Qatari foreign minister pointed to Iran’s nuclear deal, JCPOA, and added, “It is in our interest to restore the nuclear deal and we will provide any kind of necessary support to make it happen.”

    He once again stipulated that Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC)’s member states should establish relations with Iran away from any interference. "The PGCC countries should communicate with Iran away from any interference."

    Qatar FM calls on PGCC states to establish ties with Iran - Mehr News Agency
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    The trouble is there is no such thing as the "Persian Gulf Cooperation Council" so quite who they fuck they think they are talking to I have no idea.

    Maybe they should ask the Gulf Cooperation Council, the one in the Arabian Gulf, if they have any comment.

    But Qatar isn't in it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    But Qatar isn't in it.
    It's been some decades since my last visit to Qatar but:




    State of Qatar


    Member States

    الأمانة العامة لمجلس التعاون لدول الخليج العربية

    Or this report:

    Transcript: Closing statement of 41st GCC summit

    The Supreme Council issues its closing statement of the 41st Gulf Cooperation Council in Al Ula, Saudi Arabia.

    Statement by the JCPOA-000_8y837x-2-jpg

    Leaders from Kuwait, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and the secretary-general of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) are shown from left to right before the opening session of the 41st GCC summit in Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia [Bandar al-Jaloud/Saudi Royal Palace/AFP]

    7 Jan 2021

    "The summit was chaired by His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, crown prince, deputy prime minister and minister of defence of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and was attended by:

    · His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the emir of the State of Qatar.

    15. The Supreme Council took note of the announcement of His Highness Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the emir of the State of Qatar, may God protect him, to hold the Shura Council elections next October, praising this step. The council stressed the importance of coordination and cooperation between legislative chambers of the GCC states."


    Transcript: Closing statement of 41st GCC summit | GCC News | Al Jazeera


    I can't imagine the 6+ members have any desire to be associated with "pork pies".

    You, on the other hand, .....

    You may want to access the Supreme Council site and inform them of their error.

    Alternatively, provide a link to Qatar leaving it.
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    Yeah they'll forward the mail.

    I keep getting asked when we will admit Qatar to our secretive little GCC group and it always makes me laugh. Not as loud as the Saudis though.


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    Iran FM says Biden can issue ‘executive order’ if serious to return to nuclear deal



    October 31, 2021 - 21:44

    "TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian has said that if the United States was serious about rejoining the 2015 nuclear deal, President Joe Biden could just issue an “executive order”, the Iran newspaper reported on Sunday.

    The accord, under which Iran put limits on its nuclear work in exchange for a lifting of economic and financial sanctions, unraveled in 2018 after then-President Donald Trump withdrew the United States, prompting Tehran to breach limits on uranium enrichment set by the pact one year later.

    “It is enough for Biden to issue an executive order tomorrow and they (U.S.) announce they are rejoining the pact from the point where his predecessor left the deal,” Amir-Abdollahian told the Iran newspaper.
    “If there is a serious will in Washington to return to the deal, there is no need for all these negotiations at all.”
    Tehran has said its nuclear steps since Trump abandoned the accord, are reversible “if Washington lifts sanctions in a verifiable process”.

    According to Reuters, talks between Iran and world powers meant to salvage the deal, which started in April, are slated to resume at the end of November, Iran’s top nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri said on Wednesday after his meeting with the European Union political director Enrique Mora in Brussels. The talks have been on hold since the election of Ebrahim Raisi as Iran’s president in June.

    “Washington wants to continue a large part of the sanctions imposed by Trump on Iran. This is unacceptable for Iran,” Amir Abdollahian said.

    The Iranian chief diplomat also said “neighbors and influential players in the region” should be informed about the details of the nuclear negotiations.
    The foreign minister had already said the U.S. could prove its goodwill by releasing at least 10 billion dollars of Iranian assets frozen in foreign banks."


    Iran FM says Biden can issue ‘executive order’ if serious to return to nuclear deal - Tehran Times



    If I understand the statement, it appears that the POTUS can rescind previous "executive orders".

    If so it appears the current POTUS has an opportunity to return to the JCPOA by rescinding all the current "executive order" sanctions against Iran.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    If so it appears the current POTUS has an opportunity to return to the JCPOA by rescinding all the current "executive order" sanctions against Iran.
    And I'm sure he'll do it just as soon as Iran returns to the JCPOA protocols.


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    Negotiations continue....

    Dubai: Iran's Revolutionary Guards thwarted an attempt by the United States to detain a tanker carrying the Islamic Republic's oil in the Sea of Oman, Iranian state TV reported on Wednesday, saying the incident took place recently.
    Reached for comment, the U.S. Navy's Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet said it had seen reports of the incident but at present had no information to provide.
    Iran's state TV said US forces used helicopters and warships to try to block a tanker carrying Iranian oil in the Sea of Oman. Iran's English-Language Press TV said the tanker was back in Iran's territorial waters.
    Iran has repeatedly warned the United States about its military activities in the Gulf, saying that the Guards naval forces have increased patrols to also secure the passage of Iranian ships and combat fuel smuggling.
    Giving details of the reported incident, Press TV said the elite Guards had reacted "promptly" when the Iranian oil tanker was detained in the Sea of Oman.
    "Members of the Guards naval forces carried out a heliborne operation on the detained tanker's deck, gained control of the vessel, and directed it back toward Iran's territorial waters," the television reported.

    Iran says it blocks US attempt to confiscate oil in Sea of Oman - The Peninsula Qatar

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    Russia is primed for a Persian Gulf security 'makeover'

    Russia is the one state with the necessary clout, tools, sweeteners and relationships to nudge the Persian Gulf into a new security paradigm

    By Pepe Escobar December 01 2021

    "It’s impossible to understand the resumption of the JCPOA nuclear talks in Vienna without considering the serious inner turbulence of the Biden administration.Everyone and his neighbor are aware of Tehran’s straightforward expectations: all sanctions – no exceptions – must be removed in a verifiable manner. Only then will the Islamic Republic reverse what it terms ‘remedial measures,’ that is, ramping up its nuclear program to match each new American ‘punishment.’

    The reason Washington isn’t tabling a similarly transparent position is because its economic circumstances are, bizarrely, far more convoluted than Iran’s under sanctions. Joe Biden is now facing a hard domestic reality: if his financial team raises interest rates, the stock market will crash and the US will be plunged into deep economic distress.

    Panicked Democrats are even considering the possibility of allowing Biden’s own impeachment by a Republican majority in the next Congress over the Hunter Biden scandal.

    According to a top, non-partisan US national security source, there are three things the Democrats think they can do to delay the final reckoning:

    First, sell some of the stock in the Strategic Oil Reserve in coordination with its allies to drive oil prices down and lower inflation.

    Second, ‘encourage’ Beijing to devalue the yuan, thus making Chinese imports cheaper in the US, “even if that materially increases the US trade deficit. They are offering trading the Trump tariff in exchange.” Assuming this would happen, and that’s a major if, it would in practice have a double effect, lowering prices by 25 percent on Chinese imports in tandem with the currency depreciation.

    Third, “they plan to make a deal with Iran no matter what, to allow their oil to re-enter the market, driving down the oil price.” This would imply the current negotiations in Vienna reaching a swift conclusion, because “they need a deal quickly. They are desperate.”

    There is no evidence whatsoever that the team actually running the Biden administration will be able to pull off points two and three; not when the realities of Cold War 2.0 against China and bipartisan Iranophobia are considered.

    Still, the only issue that really worries the Democratic leadership, according to the intel source, is to have the three strategies get them through the mid-term elections. Afterwards, they may be able to raise interest rates and allow themselves time for some stabilization before the 2024 presidential ballot.

    So how are US allies reacting to it? Quite intriguing movements are in the cards.

    When in doubt, go multilateral

    Less than two weeks ago in Riyadh, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), in a joint meeting with France, Germany and the UK, plus Egypt and Jordan, told the US Iran envoy Robert Malley that for all practical purposes, they want the new JCPOA round to succeed.

    A joint statement, shared by Europeans and Arabs, noted “a return to mutual compliance with the [nuclear deal] would benefit the entire Middle East, allow for more regional partnerships and economic exchange, with long-lasting implications for growth and the well-being of all people there, including in Iran.”

    This is far from implying a better understanding of Iran’s position. It reveals, in fact, the predominant GCC mindset ruled by fear: something must be done to tame Iran, accused of nefarious “recent activities” such as hijacking oil tankers and attacking US soldiers in Iraq.

    So this is what the GCC is volunteering to the Americans. Now compare it with what the Russians are proposing to several protagonists across West Asia.

    Essentially, Moscow is reviving the Collective Security Concept for the Persian Gulf Region, an idea that has been simmering since the 1990s. Here is what the concept is all about.

    So if the US administration’s reasoning is predictably short-term – we need Iranian oil back in the market – the Russian vision points to systemic change.

    The Collective Security Concept calls for true multilateralism – not exactly Washington’s cup of tea – and “the adherence of all states to international law, the fundamental provisions of the UN Charter and the resolutions of the UN Security Council.”

    All that is in direct contrast with the imperial “rules-based international order.”

    It’s too far-fetched to assume that Russian diplomacy per se is about to accomplish a miracle: an entente cordiale between Tehran and Riyadh.

    Yet there’s already tangible progress, for instance, between Iran and the UAE. Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri held a “cordial meeting” in Dubai with Anwar Gargash, senior adviser to UAE President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan. According to Bagheri, they “agreed to open a new page in Iran-UAE relations.”

    Geopolitically, Russia holds the definitive ace: it maintains good relationships with all actors in the Persian Gulf and beyond, talks to all of them frequently, and is widely respected as a mediator by Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Lebanon, and other GCC members.

    Russia also offers the world’s most competitive and cutting edge military hardware to underpin the security needs of all the parties.

    And then there’s the overarching, new geopolitical reality. Russia and Iran are forging a strengthened strategic partnership, not only geopolitical but also geoeconomic, fully aligned to the Russian-conceptualized Greater Eurasian Partnership – and also demonstrated by Moscow’s support for Iran’s recent ascension to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), the only West Asian state to be admitted thus far.

    Furthermore, three years ago Iran launched its own regional security framework proposal for the region called HOPE (the Hormuz Peace Endeavor) with the intent to convene all eight littoral states of the Persian Gulf (including Iraq) to address and resolve the vital issues of cooperation, security, and freedom of navigation.

    The Iranian plan didn’t get far off the ground. While Iran suffers from adversarial relations with some of its intended audience, Russia carries none of that baggage.

    The $5.4 trillion game

    And that brings us to the essential Pipelineistan angle, which in the Russia–Iran case revolves around the new, multi-trillion dollar Chalous gas field in the Caspian Sea.

    A recent sensationalist take painted Chalous as enabling Russia to “secure control over the European energy market.”

    That’s hardly the story. Chalous, in fact, will enable Iran – with Russian input – to become a major gas exporter to Europe, something that Brussels evidently relishes. The head of Iran’s KEPCO, Ali Osouli, expects a “new gas hub to be formed in the north to let the country supply 20 percent of Europe’s gas needs.”

    According to Russia’s Transneft, Chalous alone could supply as much as 52 percent of natural gas needs of the whole EU for the next 20 years.

    Chalous is quite something: a twin-field site, separated by roughly nine kilometers, the second-largest natural gas block in the Caspian Sea, just behind Alborz. It may hold gas reserves equivalent to one-fourth of the immense South Pars gas field, placing it as the 10th largest gas reserves in the world.

    Chalous happens to be a graphic case of Russia-Iran-China (RIC) geoeconomic cooperation. Proverbial western speculative spin rushed to proclaim the 20-year gas deal as a setback for Iran. The final breakdown, not fully confirmed, is 40 percent for Gazprom and Transneft, 28 percent for China’s CNPC and CNOOC, and 25 percent for Iran’s KEPCO.

    Moscow sources confirm Gazprom will manage the whole project. Transneft will be in charge of transportation, CNPC is involved in financing and banking facilities, and CNOOC will be in charge of infrastructure and engineering.

    The whole Chalous site has been estimated to be worth a staggering $5.4 trillion.

    Iran could not possibly have the funds to tackle such a massive enterprise by itself. What is definitely established is that Gazprom offered KEPCO all the necessary technology in exploration and development of Chalous, coupled with additional financing, in return for a generous deal.

    Crucially, Moscow also reiterated its full support for Tehran’s position during the current JCPOA round in Vienna, as well as in other Iran-related issues reaching the UN Security Council.

    The fine print on all key Chalous aspects may be revealed in time. It’s a de facto geopolitical/geoeconomic win-win-win for the Russia, Iran, China strategic partnership. And it reaches way beyond the famous “20-year agreement” on petrochemicals and weapons sales clinched by Moscow and Tehran way back in 2001, in a Kremlin ceremony when President Putin hosted then Iranian President Mohammad Khatami.

    There’s no two ways about it.

    If there is one country with the necessary clout, tools, sweeteners and relationships in place to nudge the Persian Gulf into a new security paradigm, it is Russia – with China not far behind."


    Russia is primed for a Persian Gulf security '''makeover'''

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    Fuck he's found a new idiot to quote.

    Less than two weeks ago in Riyadh, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), in a joint meeting with France, Germany and the UK, plus Egypt and Jordan, told the US Iran envoy Robert Malley that for all practical purposes, they want the new JCPOA round to succeed.
    Yeah, this one is so clued up he thinks the Manama Dialogue was in Riyadh.





    Added: Ah, new website, same old thicko.
    Last edited by harrybarracuda; 02-12-2021 at 07:00 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    Yeah, this one is so clued up he thinks the Manama Dialogue was in Riyadh.
    You may be confused with a different meeting, another one, in which NaGastan was a participant.


    Iran is accused of causing a “nuclear crisis” by the United States and Gulf countries.


    By George Mackie on November 18, 2021

    "The warning was given in a joint statement following a meeting in Saudi Arabia of the US and Gulf Cooperation Council working group on Iran."

    Iran is accused of causing a "nuclear crisis" by the United States and Gulf countries. | The Washington Newsday

    Although you may have the location correct, the meeting referred to above:

    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    the Gulf Cooperation Council
    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    (GCC), in a joint meeting with France, Germany and the UK, plus Egypt and Jordan

    did not include NaGastan.

    GCC endorses return to Iran nuclear deal

    All group members have endorsed mutual return to deal as Washington and Tehran prepare to resume negotiations in Vienna

    Washington Nov 19, 2021

    "The Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) on Thursday [18th November 2021] joined Egypt, Jordan, France, Germany and the UK in calling for a return to the nuclear deal following a meeting with US Iran envoy Robert Malley in Saudi Arabia.

    The 12 countries issued a joint statement noting that “a return to mutual compliance with the [nuclear deal] would benefit the entire Middle East, allow for more regional partnerships and economic exchange, with long-lasting implications for growth and the well-being of all people there, including in Iran".

    Several GCC states expressed scepticism when the nuclear deal was first negotiated under former president Barack Obama, with Saudi Arabia describing it as “flawed”.

    But sentiments have changed in the intervening years. Dr Anwar Gargash, diplomatic adviser to UAE President Sheikh Khalifa, said this week that his country seeks to de-escalate tension with Tehran through dialogue.

    The unified GCC call for a return to the deal comes before a seventh round of indirect talks between the US and Iran scheduled for November 29."

    GCC endorses return to Iran nuclear deal
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    Thanks to the Nazi tactics the Zionist learned to act smart and will do what ever is necessary and will fight until every last NATO member is on board and pays for their defense. I think Iran which I have visited twice will look even more like the rubble of the endless earthquakes should they ever have the capacity to win against Israel who point out the same long range capability can hit India Russia and E parts of the EU including NATO shipping, I feel Shinners will want Trumpo back to give the Persian Carpet (bombing ) the green light but with Iron Dome subs and air superiority the ragheads are on a hiding to nothing as they discovered in every war since 1967.

    I doubt many tears shed n NY LA or Tel Aviv if the entire muslim world is exterminated, of course that now includes not just backward filthy slums of Herat, Isfahan and Alexandria but large swathes of Europe too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post

    You may be confused with a different meeting, another one, in which NaGastan was a participant.

    Perhaps you're so stupid you think Manama is in Saudi Arabia, too.

    You're just an idiot cutting and pasting an idiot's blog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    You're just an idiot cutting and pasting an idiot's blog.
    Thank you for your comment on the JCPOA continuing saga.

    Most informative.


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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Thank you for your comment on the JCPOA continuing saga.

    Most informative.

    Your post has nothing of any worth to add to the conversation.

    It's just some witless blogger making up shit and proving to the world that he doesn't even know basic geography.

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    An example of the to and fro of JCPOA "negotiations":

    NaGastan: #1. Iran cant have nuclear weapons (while we have 1000s & let Israel have them)

    Iran: OK.

    NaGastan: #2. Iran must submit to inspections

    Iran: OK.

    NaGastan: #3. Iran must have limits on its program

    Iran: OK.

    NaGastan: #4. Iran must return to compliance

    Iran: OK.

    Iran: #1. Lift sanctions

    NaGastan: #5. Iran isn’t serious about a deal


    So NaGastan adds more sanctions
    Last edited by OhOh; 09-12-2021 at 10:02 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    An example of the to and fro of JCPOA "negotiations":

    NaGastan: #1. Iran cant have nuclear weapons (while we have 1000s & let Israel have them)

    Iran: OK.

    NaGastan: #2. Iran must submit to inspections

    Iran: OK.

    NaGastan: #3. Iran must have limits on its program

    Iran: OK.

    NaGastan: #4. Iran must return to compliance

    Iran: OK.

    Iran: #1. Lift sanctions

    NaGastan: #5. Iran isn’t serious about a deal


    So NaGastan adds more sanctions
    Actually it's more like:

    Baldy orange cunto: I'm going to fuck with Iran to excite my base of idiots
    Iran: Well fuck you then
    JCPOA: He's gone now, so be nice and we'll go back to the previous status quo
    Iran: Fuck you
    US: Hold my beer

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    POTUS: I'm going to fuck with xxx to excite my base of idiots
    Nearly correct.

    Slight change to illustrate it's a more common occurrence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Nearly correct.

    Slight change to illustrate it's a more common occurrence.
    Yes but is xxx in the JCPOA?

    After all, that's what we're talking about.

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    An interview with:

    Mohammad Marandi, Professor at the University of Tehran and adviser to the Iran delegation at talks on restoring the JCPOA in Vienna.


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    Does he say when they're going to fold?

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    Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Iran and Nuclear Non-Proliferation

    Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield
    U.S. Representative to the United Nations
    New York, New York
    December 14, 2021

    AS DELIVERED

    "Thank you, Mr. President, and thank you to all of today’s briefers for providing updates on this critical issue.

    The United States continues to pursue the path of diplomacy to achieve a mutual return to full compliance with the JCPOA, and to address our full range of concerns with Iran. President Biden has been clear: He is prepared to return to U.S. compliance and to stay in compliance, so long as Iran does the same.

    We are fully prepared to lift sanctions inconsistent with our JCPOA commitments, which would allow Iran to receive the economic benefits of the deal. And we’re convinced that, if Iran approaches talks in Vienna with urgency and good faith, we can quickly reach and implement an understanding on mutual return. We cannot, however, allow Iran to accelerate its nuclear program and slow-walk its nuclear diplomacy."

    continues at:

    Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at a UN Security Council Briefing on Iran and Nuclear Non-Proliferation - United States Mission to the United Nations

    NaGastani diplomat's words spoken. NaGastan government actions awaited zzzzz.

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    UN calls on US, Iran to return to terms of nuclear deal


    By AFP Published: Dec 15, 2021 08:33 PM

    "The UN Tuesday urged Washington to lift sanctions on Tehran in line with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, while calling on the Islamic republic to return to commitments to limit its nuclear program.

    "I appeal to the United States to lift or waive its sanctions as outlined in the plan and extend the waivers regarding the trade in oil with the Islamic Republic of Iran," said Rosemary DiCarlo, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs.

    "Also important is the extension of US waivers regarding certain civilian nuclear-related activities," she told the UN Security Council, as negotiations resumed in Vienna on reviving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, as the nuclear deal is formally known.

    She added waiver extensions were also needed for exchanging enriched uranium out of Iran for natural uranium.

    The deal has been on life support since 2018, when former president Donald Trump pulled the US out of the accord, which provided Iran with sanctions relief in return for curbs on its nuclear program, prompting Tehran to begin rolling back on its commitments.

    DiCarlo called on Iran "to reverse the steps it has taken that are not consistent with its nuclear-related commitments under the plan."

    In a joint statement, Germany, Britain and France, all signatories of the nuclear deal along with Russia and China, said "the diplomatic door is firmly open for Iran to do a deal now."

    Iran's UN ambassador, Majid Takht Ravanchi, said that to resume its commitments, his country was not "imposing any preconditions or new conditions" and that all the measures it has taken since Washington left the accord were "reversible."

    His US counterpart, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, said Washington was "prepared to return to US compliance and to stay in compliance, so long as Iran does the same."

    Indirect negotiations between Iran and the US, mostly carried out by European powers, resumed at the end of November in Vienna in an attempt to resuscitate the agreement that was aimed at preventing Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons."


    UN calls on US, Iran to return to terms of nuclear deal - Global Times

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    She obviously doesn't know who pays her salary.


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    A question and the reply from the Chinese Foreign Ministry Press conference.

    Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian’s Regular Press Conference on December 20, 2021

    "CRI:

    The seventh round of talks to resume the compliance of the Iranian nuclear deal concluded on December 17. US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said that talks for Iran to rejoin the 2015 nuclear deal are “not going well,” and they “do not yet have a pathway back into” the JCPOA. The US, in unity with European partners, seeks greater alignment with China and Russia, he added. The UK, France and Germany said in a joint statement that there has been some technical progress, but that just brings them a little closer to where they were in June. The three countries were disappointed by Iran’s decision to request a pause in the nuclear talks and called for a faster pace in the negotiations. Do you have any comment on that?


    Zhao Lijian:

    With the concerted efforts of all sides, the seventh round of negotiations on the resumption of compliance with the JCPOA has made positive progress. All parties agreed to advance negotiations on the basis of previous talks, had an in-depth exchange of views on issues relating to lifting sanctions, and came up with new document drafts on issues in the nuclear sector. It was also decided that the next round of talks will be held before the end of this year.


    The Iranian nuclear issue is now at a critical crossroads. China recognizes the serious attitude shown by all parties in this round of talks and welcomes the consensus reached between Iran and the IAEA on monitoring nuclear facilities. We hope all sides will adhere to the correct direction of dialogue and consultation, strive to preserve the negotiating progress, focus on unresolved issues, foster necessary atmosphere for talks and work for early results. As the culprit for the current Iranian nuclear crisis, the US should correct its wrong Iran policy and lift all relevant sanctions on Iran as well as “long-arm jurisdiction” on third parties. On this basis, Iran should resume full compliance.


    China has all along taken a constructive part in the Iranian nuclear talks. We maintain close communication and coordination with the US, Iran and other sides and have made active efforts to advance the negotiation. We will firmly uphold the political and diplomatic settlement process, continue to constructively participate in follow-up talks, and work with all sides for early results. In the meantime, we will firmly defend our own legitimate rights and interests."



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