Iran Nuclear NewsIran’s Government Plays Hopscotch With the JCPOA

Iran’s Government Plays Hopscotch With the JCPOA


For about four months, nuclear negotiations over Iran’s nuclear file have been stopped. Meanwhile, with the start of Ebrahim Raisi’s government, Tehran announced that it is not ready to continue the negotiations with major world powers because it is a new government.

The regime’s foreign minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said that if the US government wants that the Iranian government to return to the negotiations it should first release Iran’s $10 billion blocked by South Korea.

He claimed that Tehran will return to the negotiations ‘very soon’. Something that was mocked by the officials of other negotiating parties saying that they do not understand what ‘very soon’ means. In between, the US House of Representatives and Senate and Arab countries are piling pressure to prevent a nuclear Iran.

Iran’s state-run media is warning about the critical situation constantly and reminding the government and its supreme leader not to lose the existing opportunity to negotiate with Biden’s government.

In an article entitled, ‘It is not the time to lose opportunities,’ the Arman newspaper on October 20 wrote: “We have to look at the issue realistically. The presence of Biden is an opportunity.”

Jahan-e-Sanat also deals with the complexity of the situation in which the Iranian government is involved and wrote: “Expectations from the JCPOA should not be increased because the Iranian government is not in a situation where it wants to set a condition and gain concessions.”

In an article entitled, ‘The message of the Americans’ the Jahan-e-Sanat wrote: “According to the meeting that took place a few nights ago between Grossi and Blinken, they are giving us some kind of an ultimatum. Therefore, Iran is not in a precarious situation at all, and if it wants to make concessions with a passive policy, it will definitely be wrong.

“In the current situation, Iran has no choice but to lower its expectations. With this current approach, we need to enter negotiations and talk directly with the United States.

“We are not in a position at all to make conditions before the negotiations and say that they should credit $ 10 billion to our account to that we negotiate.” (State-run daily Jahan-e-Sanat, October 21, 2021)

The Mardom Salari newspaper on October 20 also examined three obstacles to the JCPOA in which the first condition is that “the United States seeks for the JPCOA in addition to regional negotiations, namely the JPCOA Plus, to curb the regional role of the Iranian government.”

The second issue it has addressed was that the Iranian government, to return to the full obligations of the JPCOA, asks the United States and the European Union to ensure that the European Union adheres to its obligations in the event of a violation of the JCPOA by the US government. The newspaper acknowledged that neither the United States nor the European Union has provided such a guarantee.

The third obstacle is related to weapons. UN sanctions against arms trade with Iran were lifted in October last year. The newspaper explains: “The Biden government is facing internal problems and cannot order its cancellation.”

Again, the Jahan-e-Sanat daily explains the regime’s deadlock and confusion in solving the issues of the JCPOA in such a way:

“Nearly three months have passed since the inauguration of the main government, and it is still not clear what approach the gentlemen have in the field of foreign policy and what actions they intend to take in practice! They push back with their hands and pull with their feet; One day they say that they will not leave the negotiating table and make conditions explicitly and raise the issue of freeing the money, tomorrow they return to the first point and emphasize that we have no condition other than the lifting of all sanctions and verification.

“This uncertainty will slowly overwhelm the patience of the West and whether we like it or not, it will have bad consequences.”

Warning about the regime’s miserable situation which can cause nationwide protests, this daily warned regime officials and wrote:

“The generalization and repetition of issues such as who left the JCPOA and who needs the lifting of sanctions (pointing the US government), is continuing in a situation where the soul of the economy and, consequently, the soul of the people who are being crushed and suffocated under the pressure of livelihood problems.”

It continued:

“By no means, this issue should not be left unclarified in the next two or three months. If that happens, the other side will make its decision, and we will have a new round of Trumpism. But why should we push the situation towards a Biden Trumpism that is far more dangerous than Trump Trumpism?”

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