Iran received, via Qatar, messages from countries participating in the nuclear negotiations
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Iranian Foreign Minister receives his Qatari counterpart in Tehran yesterday (AP)
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Iran has received, via Qatar, messages from countries participating in the stalled nuclear file negotiations, according to what its Foreign Minister Hussein Amir Abdollahian announced on Sunday while he was receiving his Qatari counterpart, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani, in Tehran.
Abdullahian said during a joint press conference with his Qatari counterpart, “We have received, through the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani, messages from the parties to the nuclear agreement.”
The Iranian official did not provide any details about the content of the messages, but he welcomed the efforts made by Doha to revive the nuclear negotiations that have been stalled for months. He added, “Qatar is trying to return all parties to the nuclear agreement to their obligations,” according to Agence France-Presse. In turn, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdul Rahman Al Thani said: “We always seek to create a suitable environment for holding additional negotiating rounds regarding the nuclear agreement,” explaining that the American messages to Iran are related to the nuclear agreement, but may not be directly related to this issue.
Neither of the two ministers revealed the details of the American message, and what it would entail.
Al-Thani wrote on Twitter yesterday: “I met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran, in Tehran today, where we discussed ways to develop bilateral relations, and the latest developments in the nuclear agreement file.” He added, “The State of Qatar looks forward to promoting joint efforts that have a positive impact on society and the region.”
During the press conference, Abdullahian said, “We have passed the stage of dialogue with neighboring countries, and we must enter into the next step of sustainable cooperation,” accusing the United States and its allies of “practicing economic terrorism against Iran,” as he put it.
Abdullahian said: “We thank Qatar for its efforts in the field of lifting sanctions, and its endeavor to return all parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (the nuclear agreement) to their obligations, and today we received messages from the corresponding parties through the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar. We thank Qatar for its goodwill to bring all parties to the final stages of the agreement.
Doha has previously made efforts to bridge views between Iran and the United States on issues, most notably the nuclear agreement.
On the other hand, Al-Thani touched on the importance that Doha attaches to strengthening economic and trade cooperation with Iran. We always look forward to strengthening our relations with all countries in the region.
Iran and the major powers began talks in April 2021 in Vienna with the aim of reviving the agreement on the Iranian nuclear program concluded in 2015 after the unilateral withdrawal of the United States from it in 2018, but the discussions did not achieve any tangible progress. The agreement guarantees the civilian nature of Iran’s nuclear program, which is accused of seeking to develop an atomic weapon, despite its denials.
On the other hand, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, announced on Tuesday that he intends to visit Iran in February to hold “fundamental” talks aimed at getting this country to resume cooperation on its nuclear activities.
Grossi referred to the “great, very significant stalemate” in those negotiations, and said that Iran’s retraction from the agreement, including its disconnection of 27 IAEA cameras monitoring its declared nuclear sites, means that the IAEA is no longer effectively monitoring Tehran’s nuclear program.
He stressed that the agency was no longer able to monitor what was going on “at least a year ago,” expressing his hope that “some progress would be made” in restoring Iranian cooperation with his agency during his visit.
“This path is certainly not good,” Rafael Grossi told European lawmakers, speaking of Iran’s recent nuclear activities, including enriching uranium to a level higher than specified in the JCPOA.
He added, “They have collected enough nuclear material to make a number of nuclear weapons – not a single weapon at this stage,” noting that the Islamic Republic today has 70 kilograms of enriched uranium with a purity of 60 percent and 1,000 kilograms with a purity of 20 percent.