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Where does Iran’s nuclear deal stand after seven rounds of talks? (Maziar Motamedi, Al Jazeera)

All the signatories of the nuclear accord inked by Iran and world powers in 2015 say they want it restored as there is no viable alternative, but Iranian and Western definitions of a “good deal” to achieve that goal remain heavily at odds. The seventh round of talks in Vienna ended on Friday, only to better expose […]

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Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator: Can the JCPOA be revived? (Al Jazeera)

Iran and world powers resumed talks aiming to revive the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran nuclear deal. Following the Iranian elections in June, a new negotiating team is representing the Islamic republic in the Vienna talks. So what are their top demands? And are they realistic? In an […]

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Lifting anti-Iran sanctions starting point of next JCPOA talks: Iran (IRNA)

Iran’s top nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani has underlined ahead of next Joint Commission meeting of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action that lifting of the US-imposed anti-Iran sanctions will be starting point of next round of talks in Vienna, Austria. Lifting anti-Iran sanctions starting point of next JCPOA talks: Iran – IRNA English

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Iran urges normalization of trade relations with Tehran in Vienna talks (IRNA)

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said on Monday that normalization of trade relations with Iran was one of the commitments shouldered by the other side under JCPOA which has to be fully implemented in Vienna talks. Amirabdollahian made the remarks during a phone conversation with his British counterpart Liz Truss. Iran urges normalization of trade […]

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Iran: ‘Seriousness’ in nuclear talks means lifting sanctions (Maziar Motamedi, Al Jazeera)

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi said seriousness on the part of the United States in upcoming talks to restore the 2015 nuclear deal would mean lifting sanctions against Iran. In a late-night interview aired by state television, the president said Iran is “serious and committed” to return – at a still unspecified time – to Vienna to resume […]

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Iranian MP terms lifting sanctions as first step to resume nuclear talks (IRNA)

The spokesman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of the Iranian Parliament (Majlis), Mahmoud Abbaszadeh Meshkini said that lifting sanctions imposed on Iran and the fulfillment of nuclear commitments by the US and Europe are the first steps to resume nuclear talks. Abbaszadeh Meshkini told reporters on Monday that it is Westerners who should […]

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Countdown to revival of JCPOA; hard test for West (IRNA)

While President Ebrahim Raisi administration’s reviewing of the Vienna nuclear talks is nearing its final phase, the US and European signatories to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal have not taken tangible steps to secure Iranians’ interests. Following the United States’ unilateral withdrawal from the nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action […]

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JCPOA revival, SCO membership indicating balance in Iran’s foreign policy (IRNA)

The readiness to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and its permanent membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) are indicators of the fact that the 13th administration of the Islamic Republic of Iran is pursuing a balanced foreign policy, an analyst believes. JCPOA revival, SCO membership indicating balance in Iran’s foreign policy – IRNA […]

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North Korea/Iran/JCPOA. DPRK and JCPOA. Experience Resolving the Nuclear Problems of the Korean Peninsula and Iran (Alexander Vorontsov, Valdai Discussion Club)

The experience of the JCPOA is very useful and positive for the efforts of the international community to find ways to involve Pyongyang in a dialogue in order to determine a mutually acceptable formula aimed at stopping and freezing the DPRK nuclear programme, writes Alexander Vorontsov, Head of the Korea and Mongolia Department, Institute of Oriental Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences. DPRK and JCPOA. Experience Resolving the Nuclear […]

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(Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam) Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam and strategies

Jacques Neriah writes for JCPOA: Ethiopia announced it had begun the next stage of filling the massive hydropower Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam reservoir (GERD) on July 5, 2021. The parties involved – Ethiopia and the downstream nations of Egypt and Sudan – have apparently exhausted all rounds of negotiations on water-sharing and have reached a […]

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(Lebanon) The Lebanon’s tragedy

Jacques Neriah writes for JCPOA: For months, Lebanon has been enduring a dire economic situation to such an extent that Lebanon’s middle class has been wiped out. The country finds itself in extreme poverty, with the “former middle class” making up part of the 50% of Lebanese who have fallen into poverty in the last […]

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(Gaza War) Gaza War and media: an Israeli point of view

Lenny Ben-David writes for JCPOA: During the 2021 Gaza War, the New York Times published ten articles and features from Gaza written and photographed by local Gazan stringers, photographers, and “fixers.” Since Gaza is controlled by Hamas, no one can report on or photograph Hamas rocket launchers located in civilian neighborhoods or the extensive and expensive […]