Iran’s government spokesperson remarked that “the main part of the [JCPOA] negotiations has taken place and the initial agreements have been reached on the lifting of most of the sanctions”. “However”, he added, “the committee formed in the Supreme National Security Council, which is responsible for implementing the text of the memorandum with the law of the Parliament approved in December 2020, has recognised this memorandum as incompatible with it”. “The negotiations will be postponed until after the complete transfer of the administration, and the new negotiating team will be responsible for it”, the spokesperson noted. IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi contended that Iran’s decision “leaves us in a rather uncomfortable situation... I'm talking about the agency, I don't know about the others [ie, the U.S. and P4+1], but I suppose they would rather be negotiating that waiting”. “We still have a number of questions, issues that we are trying to clarify with Iran, and we will have to wait and start anew with the new team when they are in office”, Grossi noted.
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