TEHRAN, Jan. 29 (Xinhua) -- The Iranian foreign minister said on Sunday that Iran has received messages through Qatar from the parties to a 2015 nuclear deal, including the United States.
At a joint press conference with his Qatari counterpart Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani after their meeting in Tehran, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian appreciated Qatar's goodwill in helping bring all sides closer to the final steps toward reaching an agreement on the revival of the nuclear deal, official news agency IRNA reported.
For his part, the Qatari foreign minister said the United States has handed over a series of messages to Qatar to be conveyed to Iran, adding the messages are related to the nuclear agreement but perhaps not directly, the Iranian Students' News Agency reported.
Iran signed the nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), with world powers in July 2015, agreeing to put some curbs on its nuclear program in return for the removal of the sanctions on the country. The United States, however, pulled out of the deal in May 2018 and reimposed its unilateral sanctions on Tehran, prompting the latter to reduce some of its nuclear commitments under the deal.
The talks on the JCPOA's revival began in April 2021 in Vienna. No breakthrough has been achieved after the latest round of talks in August 2022. ■