Iran confirms talks with US to revive nuclear deal

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Iran has confirmed talks with the United States to restore the nuclear deal brokered by the Sultanate of Oman.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Qanani told a weekly briefing in Tehran that Iran welcomed the efforts of Omani authorities to restore the nuclear deal.

He asserted that indirect talks are going on with the United States under the mediation of Oman to restore the nuclear deal, if the United States shows seriousness, then the exchange of prisoners can also be agreed.

He said that Oman exchanged messages on the lifting of US sanctions, and never stopped the diplomatic process nor the conversation was confidential.

However, the U.S. State Department has not yet stated talks with Iran in Amman.

According to media reports, Iranian and US officials were sitting in separate rooms and Omani officials were working to convey the messages of the two delegations to each other.

In 2015, Iran and six world powers — the United States, Britain, Russia, France, China, and Germany — signed a nuclear deal under which Iran agreed to limit uranium enrichment, after which economic sanctions on Iran were relaxed.

In 2018, then-US President Donald Trump announced his withdrawal from the deal, saying it had failed to deter Iran from its missile program. A year later, Iran ignored sanctions on its nuclear program and started making progress.

Both the United States and Iran want to join the deal again, but the terms have not yet been agreed between the two countries in this regard.

The report quoted that Iran and the United States are close to a temporary agreement that will result in some easing of sanctions on Iran and reducing Iran’s enrichment of uranium. Talks were also held in New York between the United States and Iran in this regard, but there was no breakthrough in it.

“The United States still wants to bring Iran back to the negotiating table directly to limit Iran’s nuclear program and provide us with economic relief, but this is an illegal demand and against our national interests,” Iranian lawmaker Mujtaba Tawangar said.