In a message posted on his Twitter account on Thursday, Iran’s top diplomat emphasized that the talks over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program must secure the rights and interests of Iran.
"Received congratulatory calls from German, French & Austrian FMs. Discussed our new balanced FP & calibrated ties w EU; vaccines; Afghanistan; our region; & JCPOA. Reiterated Vienna Talks must secure our rights/interests. US' irresponsible conduct & EU's passivity must end," Amir-Abdollahian wrote.
He made the statement after separate phone calls with foreign ministers of France, Germany and Austria which has been hosting Iran nuclear talks for years.
Iran and world powers, including the US, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany, struck the nuclear agreement on July 14, 2015. Under the accord, Iran agreed to scale back certain peaceful nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief.
However, the US, under former president Donald Trump, unilaterally withdrew from the deal and reinstated draconian sanctions on the Islamic Republic, although the country had been fully compliant with the deal.
In early April, Iran and the remaining parties to the deal began to hold talks in Vienna, Austria, after the Joe Biden administration voiced willingness to rejoin the nuclear agreement, three years after Trump’s withdrawal, Press TV wrote.
The negotiations were paused prior to the June 18 presidential election in Iran which led to the victory of Ebrahim Raeisi.
In the phone call with his Austrian counterpart Alexander Schallenberg, the Iranian foreign minister said Tehran welcomes negotiations on the revival of the nuclear deal, but will not engage in talks just for the sake of talks.
He noted that although the Islamic Republic in essence welcomes negotiations on the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), it believes that "engaging in negotiations for the sake of negotiations is not acceptable."
“The Islamic Republic of Iran has kept its end of the bargain in maintaining the JCPOA through its strategic patience in the face of the US withdrawal and the inaction of the European side, and now it’s about time for the other JCPOA parties to cooperate and honor their commitments in a real and practical manner,” Iran's foreign minister said.
Removal of sanctions
Also on Thursday, Amir-Abdollahian told his German counterpart Heiko Maas that any negotiations on the revival of the nuclear accord must lead to the removal of the illegal sanctions imposed on the country.
“We agree on the essence of Vienna talks, but we [only] accept those negotiations that would lead to the removal of the [US] sanctions and meet the inalienable rights of Iran,” he said.
E3 inaction over JCPOA obligations
He advised the three European parties to the JCPOA, Germany, the UK and France, also known as E3, to change course with regard to the implementation of the deal and end their inaction toward their JCPOA obligations.
During his talks with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian, Amir-Abdollahian deplored the US’ illegal withdrawal from the nuclear deal and Europe’s failure to fulfill the JCPOA commitments, calling on the European states to act constructively and resume honoring the nuclear agreement, according to Tasnim News Agency.
The Iranian foreign minister asserted that the US, through its departure from the agreement, and its resumption of the oppressive sanctions against “the great Iranian nation,” and the European side due to its refusal to take action on the American violations had brought about the status quo concerning the agreement.