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Gov’t Spox: Iran Ready to Help Break Deadlock If US Rejoins JCPOA

Gov’t Spox: Iran Ready to Help Break Deadlock If US Rejoins JCPOA
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By Staff, Agencies

Tehran is ready to help “break the deadlock” surrounding a 2015 multilateral nuclear deal if the United States agrees to rejoin the accord and lift its sanctions against Iran, the Iranian government’s spokesman says.

Ali Rabiei said on Wednesday that “there will be a possibility for talks” if Washington returns to the nuclear deal and fully removes the sanctions that it re-imposed on Iran after leaving the agreement in May 2018.

“In order to give more assurances and break the deadlock, President [Hassan Rouhani] has even put forward a proposal so we can make a minor change” within the framework of the nuclear agreement, “provided that they return to where they used to be.”

Rabiei stressed that Iran “is pursuing the interests of its own people,” and that if the sanctions are lifted right now and the JCPOA is restored to its original status, there will be room for talks within the framework of the P5+1, comprising Russia, China, the US, the UK, France, and Germany.

Speaking with CNN on Monday, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif also said that Iran is open to the idea of a “permanent for permanent” mechanism with the United States, which means Iran will agree to permanent inspections of its nuclear facilities in exchange for the US permanently lifting the sanctions.