Iran says “diplomatic dynamism” exists with regard to the talks to revive the Iran nuclear deal, and messages are still being exchanged between the parties to the 2015 nuclear deal.
Speaking at a weekly press conference in Tehran on Monday, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kan’ani said there is diplomatic dynamism with respect to the sanctions-lifting talks through various channels.
“Messages are being exchanged at different levels in this regard, and the Islamic Republic has always welcomed these attempts and measures with goodwill,” he said.
Regarding some regional efforts, the spokesperson noted that, "Qatar is one of the friendly countries in the region, which has always made diplomatic efforts with good faith to help bring closer the views on various issues between Iran and other parties, in particular the sanctions-lifting negotiations."
The talks kicked off in the Austrian capital city of Vienna in April 2021, with the intention of removing anti-Iran sanctions and examining the US’s seriousness in rejoining the 2015 nuclear deal.
The negotiations, however, have been at a standstill since August 2022 due to Washington’s insistence on its hard-nosed position of not removing all the sanctions that were slapped on Tehran by the previous US administration.
Kan’ani said a visit to Tehran by the director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is possible in the future provided that the technical preparations are in place.
He further referred to Iran’s “close and continuous cooperation” with the IAEA, adding that contact between the two sides will go on in a technical framework.
Iran advises Azerbaijan to exercise restraint
Elsewhere in his presser, Kan’ani advised Azerbaijan to exercise restraint and avoid haste and prejudice in its judgment about the recent incident at Azerbaijan’s embassy in Tehran.
“We will pursue this issue in a logical and principled framework and we hope that the bilateral relations of the two neighboring and friendly countries, which have unbreakable common interests, will not further be affected by this bitter, unfortunate incident,” he said.
“Iran’s basic approach in relation to Azerbaijan is to overcome this incident and work together to resolve misunderstandings.”
No exact time for 2nd round of talks with Ukraine
Also in his remarks, the spokesman rejected the allegation of sending equipment and drones to be used by Russia in the war in Ukraine, expressing Tehran’s readiness to hold talks with Kiev to resolve misunderstandings.
He said a round of specialized talks was held in Oman, and if necessary, there is no problem with holding a new round.
“The first round of technical and expert-level discussions between the members of the two teams has been conducted. We do not have any particular problem in continuing the talks and initiating a new round. We can hold these talks at a suitable time, but the exact time for the second round of the discussions has not yet been decided,” he added.
Kan’ani also stressed that the policy of the Islamic Republic regarding the Ukraine issue is based on not supporting the war and not supporting one side against another.
Shamkhani to visit Moscow
Additionally, the spokesman said Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani will soon travel to Russia in the framework of top security officials of Afghanistan’s neighboring countries.
Iran offers condolences to Turkey, Syria
Kan’ani, meanwhile, offered Tehran's condolences to the Turkish and Syrian nations and governments over the deadly earthquake that struck a wide area in the two countries.
He voiced Iran’s deep sympathy for both countries which were shaken by the powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake.
“The Islamic Republic has good relations with both Turkey and Syria, and with the help of its relief organizations, it will fulfill its moral and human duty to help those affected by the earthquake within the framework of the right of neighborliness and cordial ties,” he said.
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