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Tehran, Washington exchanged more messages to bring views closer on JCPOA revival: Iranian FM

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says Tehran and Washington have exchanged more messages in order to bring their views closer on the restoration of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and removal of anti-Iran sanctions.

Amir-Abdollahian made the revelation in a phone call with his Qatari counterpart Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani on Sunday night.

The top Iranian diplomat said the messages were exchanged through a mediator while he was in New York to attend the 77th United Nations General Assembly summit.

Amir-Abdollahian also said Tehran is seriously working to reach a good, strong and sustainable agreement.

He said that his recent trip to New York provided an opportunity to bring closer the two sides’ views and that Iran believes negotiations are now on the right path.

The roadmap for further cooperation between the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) was also drawn up as the AEOI chief Mohammad Eslami attended the 66th annual regular session of the IAEA General Conference in the Austrian capital city of Vienna, the top Iranian diplomat added.

The Qatari foreign minister, for his part, said the US believes the exchange of messages and the efforts of the European Union as a coordinator would lead to an agreement on the revival of the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The United States, under former president Donald Trump, abandoned the JCPOA in May 2018 and reinstated unilateral sanctions that the deal had lifted.

The talks to salvage the agreement kicked off in Vienna in April last year, months after Biden succeeded Trump, with the intention of examining Washington’s seriousness in rejoining the deal and removing anti-Iran sanctions.

Despite notable progress, the US indecisiveness and procrastination caused multiple interruptions in the marathon talks.

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