The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told the Arabic-language al-Alam television news network on Monday that the states have suggested that they would adopt the approach on the condition that Iran starts to unconditionally and abundantly inject crude oil and natural gas into global energy markets, which remain unstable in the wake of Russia’s military campaign in neighboring Ukraine and coercive measures against Moscow. He went on to note that the Islamic Republic has also been asked to completely yield to the demands put forward by representatives of three European countries – Britain, France and Germany – as well as those of US delegates during the course of talks on the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal – officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
"We consider the IAEA's demands excessive because their implementation is impossible due to the sanctions," Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) spokesman Behruz Kamalvandi said Tuesday. The spokesman explained that the "Strategic Action to Lift Sanctions" law, approved in November 2020 by the Iranian Parliament, implies that the UN nuclear agency will have minimal oversight within the framework of safeguards mechanisms. However, he said that if Westerners lift anti-Iranian sanctions and accomplish their commitments, Iran will also return to the original promises made under the 2015 nuclear deal, officially named the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Iran said on Wednesday that it had received the US response to an EU proposal aimed at reviving the nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani said Tehran has begun a “careful review” of the US response. “This evening Iran received the US response through the European Union. The careful review of the response has started in Tehran,” Kanaani said. “Iran will share its view with the EU, as the coordinator of the nuclear talks, upon completion of Tehran’s review.” The State Department confirmed that the US has responded to the proposal, which came after Iran gave its response. “As you know, we received Iran’s comments on the EU’s proposed final text through the EU. Our review of those comments has now concluded. We have responded to the EU today,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said.
"Today all parties have agreed to come back to activate the eighth round of negotiations even in (the) Christmas and New Year's holiday. This in itself fully shows a greater sense of urgency on the part of all parties concerned," Wang Qun, China’s ambassador to the United Nations institutions headquartered in Vienna, Austria, which includes the International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA) nuclear watchdog, told reporters on Monday. China is just one of several parties to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) deal, who also include Russia, France, Germany, the UK, the European Union, the US, and Iran. However, since Tehran refuses direct negotiations with Washington, which is responsible for shredding the deal in 2018, the deal’s other parties have headed up the talks.
Last month, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei announced that Tehran is in "no hurry" to return to its obligations under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, and is prepared to wait until the US lifts its illegal sanctions against the Islamic Republic. Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi has stated that a possible US decision to rejoin the 2015 nuclear deal, also known asthe Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), does not require any talks. Speaking to the deal's remaining signatories during a virtual meeting on Friday, Araqchi added that "Iran will suspend its steps [scaling back compliance with the deal's terms] as soon as [US] sanctions are lifted and this is verified".