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President: Iran has ‘strong will’ to resolve nuclear issue

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Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said Tehran has “strong will” to resolve issues regarding an agreement on the revival of a 2015 nuclear deal fairly if the Iranian nation’s interests are guaranteed.

According to the Iranian presidency’s website, Raisi made the remarks on Wednesday in an address to the 77th annual session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Raisi said Iran accepted an agreement in 2015 in good faith and with a solid intention, but the United States was breaking its promise and imposing sanctions, the most unprecedented sanctions in history.

“It was Washington that left the agreement, not Tehran,’’ the president said.

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He said Iran’s negotiation logic is “adherence to commitments.”

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Iran in July 2015 signed the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, agreeing to curb its nuclear programme in return for removing sanctions on the country.

However, former U.S. President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the agreement and re-imposed unilateral sanctions on Tehran, prompting the latter to drop some of its commitments under the pact.

The talks on the JCPOA’s revival began in April 2021 in Vienna but were suspended in March this year because of political differences between Tehran and Washington.

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The latest round of the nuclear talks was held in the Austrian capital in early August after a five-month hiatus.

On August 8, the EU put forward its final text of the draft decision on reviving the JCPOA.

Iran and the United States later indirectly exchanged views on the EU proposal in a process that has so far failed to produce any favorable outcome.

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