Mahmoud Awadhi and Ali Shamkhani opposed the revival of the JCPOA

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Mahmoud Awadhi and Ali Shamkhani opposed the revival of the JCPOA

Mahmoud Vaezi states that Ali Shamkhani was against reviving the JCPOA.

Mahmoud Vaezi claims that Ali Shamkhani, based on unconfirmed reports, is expected to be appointed as the former Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council to handle Iran’s nuclear dossier.

Iranian authorities have not officially confirmed this news yet.

Naser Kanaani, the spokesperson of the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has only stated that this claim does not raise any particular points. Kanaani added that the path of negotiations to lift sanctions will continue within the framework of the guidelines and policies that have been communicated.

Mahmoud Vaezi, the chief of staff of former President Hassan Rouhani in the twelfth government, mentioned in an interview with Etemad newspaper that during the end of Rouhani’s term, the Secretariat of the Supreme National Security Council under Shamkhani did not revive the JCPOA. If the Secretariat had been in agreement, it would have been revived at that time.

Mahmoud Vaezi, in his interview, reveals the lack of cooperation from Ali Shamkhani during his tenure as the Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council under President Hassan Rouhani’s administration, where Vaezi served as the head of the council.

He talks about gradually some individuals and the secretary in the secretariat adopted different methods, followed some policies that were not even mentioned in the council meeting, created a media outlet, and put some content in it that when we talked about it, they said this media is not part of the secretariat and the media is one of the people who work here.

The head of the office during President Rouhani’s term adds that when a group and faction form somewhere, it will be the same. In fact, they had a line regarding the JCPOA that if the JCPOA doesn’t happen, they wouldn’t say it in practice, but their behavior was the same.

Vaezi says I had detailed discussions with them and told them that the interests of the country lie in having clear and transparent relations between the secretary and the president, but it didn’t happen, and it didn’t happen until the last day. They would say they agree in words, but in practice, it was something else.

Vaezi emphasizes that Hassan Rouhani personally was clearly following the JCPOA issue, but if the secretariat was in harmony, it could have been easily resolved. I might even say that if the secretariat was in harmony, it would have been signed in the twelfth government.

The former chief of staff of the presidency, Rouhani, in response to the question of why he did not attempt to replace the Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, says that changing the Secretary is always a mutual agreement between the President and the Supreme Leader. This agreement did not happen. Mr. Rouhani tried several times, about 56 times over the course of four years, to do this.


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