Iran and world powers ready to welcome U.S. back to nuclear deal

BRUSSELS – Iran and the major powers of the deal to stop Tehran from developing nuclear weapons said Friday they were ready to welcome the return of the United States.

The chair of the group, which includes the European Union, China, France, Germany, Russia, the UK and Iran, said the participants “emphasized their commitment to the preservation of the JCPOA and discussed modalities to ensure the return to its full and ensure effective implementation “a statement after their virtual meeting, referring to the acronym for the agreement – the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

The group said it would resume further talks in Vienna next week “to clearly identify measures to lift sanctions and implement nuclear weapons.”

The statement also states that the coordinator of the group “will also intensify separate contacts in Vienna” with all participants in the nuclear agreement and the United States.

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In Tehran, state television quoted Abbas Araghchi, the Iranian nuclear negotiator at the virtual meeting on Friday, as saying that any “US return to the nuclear deal requires no negotiations and the way is clear”.

“The US can go back to the deal and stop breaking the law, just as it pulled out of the deal and imposed illegal sanctions on Iran,” Araghchi was quoted as saying.

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