UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, in a meeting with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, called on him to show flexibility in the negotiations to return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program. This was stated in a statement issued by Guterres’ office on September 22.
“The General Secretary emphasized the importance of restoring the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear program and called for greater flexibility to reach agreements,” the message said.
The JCPOA was signed with Iran in 2015 in order to overcome the crisis over the permanent “five” of the UN Security Council and its nuclear development by Germany. In 2018, former US President Donald Trump decided to withdraw from the agreement.
The current president of the United States, Joe Biden, has repeatedly expressed Washington’s willingness to return to the nuclear deal with Tehran.
Russia, Great Britain, Germany, China, the USA and France have been negotiating with Iran in Vienna since April of last year to restore the nuclear weapons program in its original form.
Following the results of several rounds of Vienna negotiations, the final text of the agreements was presented to the parties. Iran then presented its interpretations of the text, which the USA and the European participants of the GCP considered to be an obstacle to the restoration of the deal, TASS reported.