President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi said Iran will resume nuclear talks in Vienna, stressing that the most important thing that should be taken into serious consideration is that the talks must secure interests of all Iranians.
“During the talks that have been held in Tehran a few days ago, we said that Iran is serious about result-oriented negotiations and that other parties involved in nuclear talks should also show their seriousness in lifting illegal and oppressive sanctions imposed on the country,” said the president during his second televised interview on Monday evening.
President Raeisi was referring to the talks between Iran and the European Union deputy foreign policy chief Enrique Mora, held in Tehran last week, over the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
During his talks with Mora on Thursday, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Baqeri Kani emphasized that Tehran is always ready for “serious negotiations” that lead to a “practical agreement”, not a deal on paper.
The deal, which gave Iran sanctions relief in return for curbs on its nuclear activities, has been on life support since former US president Donald Trump’s withdrawal in 2018, which was followed by Washington reimposing sanctions on Tehran, AFP wrote.
Talks got underway in Vienna in April in a bid to revive the deal, after Trump’s successor President Joe Biden signaled a willingness to come back on board. But they have been suspended since June when Iran held presidential elections that resulted in Raeisi wining the vote.
Josep Borrell, the EU’s top diplomat, said on Monday he hoped the bloc and Iranian diplomats would meet soon to discuss a potential resumption of the JCPOA revival talks.
Later on Monday, the spokesman of Iran’s Foreign Ministry announced that Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Baqeri Kani will travel to Brussels in the coming days for talks with the European Union aimed at resuming discussions on the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal.
However, speaking to reporters, Saeed Khatibzadeh only spoke of talks with the EU, which is the JCPOA coordinator, rather than the parties to the nuclear deal – Britain, China, France Russia and Germany – known as the P4+1.
More in his televised address to the Iranians, President Raeisi said his administration will try to settle economic problems diligently, Mehr News Agency wrote.
The president noted that economic problems facing people in the country can be settled with the cooperation and collaboration of government officials and people.
Commenting on the process of COVID-19 vaccination in Iran, President Raeisi said that general vaccination of people against COVID-19 has been put atop agenda of his administration.
According to the latest figures, more than 79 percent of people in the country have received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine and God willing, the same volume of second dose of COVID-19 vaccine will be injected before start of cold season in the country, said the chief executive.
He called on national media and responsible bodies and organizations to make their utmost efforts in encouraging people to get vaccinated against COVID-19.