US Withdrawal from Iran Nuclear Deal Affected Entire Region, Turkey Says

“The tensions we experienced over the previous US administration withdrawing from the nuclear deal, and the embargoes, affected the entire region. On this issue, especially as Turkey and Qatar, we can provide contributions, and we discussed these,” Cavusoglu said.

Ankara, which was sanctioned by its NATO ally Washington in December for purchasing Russian missile defenses, has previously called on the United States to return to the nuclear pact.

Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani also said on Wednesday that his country is working to de-escalate tension in the region by advocating for a return to the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement.

“The State of Qatar is working on de-escalation through a political and diplomatic process to return to the nuclear agreement,” he said.

The remarks came in briefing notes about two separate calls earlier in the week between Thani and US Special Representative for Iran Robert Malley and US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan.

Thani said Qatar's communication was going on with both Iran and the United States, given the strategic ties Qatar holds with both.

Returning to the nuclear deal, which was negotiated by the Obama administration, was among Joe Biden’s campaign promises after then president Donald Trump withdrew from it in 2018.

The JCPOA was signed in 2015 between Iran and six world states —the US, Germany, France, Britain, Russia and China— and was ratified in the form of Resolution 2231, but in 2018 the Trump administration unilaterally withdrew from the Iran nuclear pact as his administration pursued a “maximum pressure” strategy against Tehran.

The remaining European parties also failed to fulfill their end of the bargain and compensate for Washington’s absence. Since then, Iran has begun to take its own measures in response to the Western parties’ refusal to meet commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Iran measures to reduce its commitment under JCPOA have been within the framework of the nuclear deal and will not mean withdrawal from it.

However, Tehran has expressed its readiness to reverse the suspension of its commitments only if the US returns to the nuclear deal and lifts all sanctions without any preconditions or if the European co-signatories manage to protect business ties with Iran against Washington’s sanctions as part of their contractual obligations.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said that Iran will honor its JCPOA commitments in full if the US fulfills all of its undertakings, adding, while the rhetoric has changed in Washington, there has been no practical shift in the United States’ policies toward Iran.Follow the Official Rokna NEWS Telegram Channel For More and fresh NEWS.


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