Iran seeks economic guarantees from US within 2015 nuclear deal, not beyond: FM

An Iranian flag is pictured at the United Nations headquarters in New York, Jan. 8, 2020. (File photo: Xinhua)

TEHRAN, July 6 (Xinhua) -- Iran's foreign minister said Wednesday that Tehran's demand to obtain economic guarantees from the United States in recent negotiations in Qatar was within the framework of the 2015 nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks in a televised press conference with his visiting Qatari counterpart Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani.

Amir-Abdollahian said that "in Doha, we negotiated over obtaining effective guarantees from the United States in the areas of anything that affects Iran's economic interest under the JCPOA, but the American side has not been able to assure us in this regard."

"Iran is determined to reach a good, strong and stable agreement. We do not have any demands beyond the deal," he noted, adding that "our demands are completely within the framework of the 2015 agreement."

He stressed that "the United States must be committed that Iran will enjoy the full benefits of the 2015 agreement."

Amir-Abdollahian also appreciated Qatar for its efforts in coordination and hosting the recent talks.

For his part, the Qatari foreign minister said that it is important that all neighboring countries make constructive efforts for the region's good.

"We support regional talks. We always try to support these talks to reach an agreement that will eliminate the concerns of all parties," he said.

The Qatari official is also scheduled to meet Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani later on Wednesday.

His visit to Tehran followed the recent indirect talks between Iran and the United States in Doha over their differences concerning the implementation of the JCPOA. After the Doha talks, Washington accused Tehran of introducing "extraneous demands" that go beyond the Iranian nuclear deal.

Iran signed the JCPOA with major countries in July 2015, agreeing to curb its nuclear program in return for removing sanctions on the country. However, former U.S. President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the agreement in May 2018 and reimposed unilateral sanctions on Iran, prompting the latter to drop some of its commitments under the pact.

The Iranian nuclear talks began in April 2021 in Vienna but were suspended in March over political differences between Tehran and Washington.