News ID: 317697
Published: 0321 GMT November 06, 2021
Russia: U.S. should stop destructive moves

Iran: Vienna talks progress hinges on U.S., E3 ‘constructive’ approaches

Iran: Vienna talks progress hinges on U.S., E3 ‘constructive’ approaches
Iran’s FM Hossein Amir-Abdollahian (R) and Russia’s FM Sergei Lavrov

Political Desk

Iran’s foreign minister said on Saturday the Vienna-based talks on the 2015 nuclear deal will make a rapid progress if the U.S. and European sides have “constructive and realistic” approaches.

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, who made the statement in a phone call with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, called on the U.S. and E3 – Britain, France and Germany – to avoid making excessive demands.

The deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was signed in July 2015 between Tehran and the P5+1, the UN Security Council’s five permanent members – the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France – plus Germany.

In May 2018, however, former president Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the nuclear deal and reimposed Washington’s unilateral sanctions on Iran in a bid ‎to cripple the country’s economy and bring the Islamic Republic to the negotiating table to hammer out a ‎new nuclear deal, a plot which was foiled thanks to the Iranians’ resistance. ‎

In April, a diplomatic process started in the Austrian capital of Vienna to restore the JCPOA and weigh the possibility of the U.S. return to the deal. Six rounds of talks within this framework have so far been held between Iran and the remaining signatories to the agreement, namely China, Russia, France, the UK and Germany, with the seventh one expected to begin on November 29.

Negotiations on the JCPOA revival started by the other parties after they were faced with Iran’s retaliatory measures, involving a ‎phased reduction of nuclear commitments under the accord, in the face of their failure to safeguard ‎Tehran’s interests within the framework of the deal despite their promises.

Amir-Abdollahian praised Russia’s constructive and positive stances toward Iran’s peaceful nuclear program, noting that the Islamic Republic is well aware of the background and trend of the previous rounds of the talks in Vienna.

Iran will vigorously pursue its demands in the future talks, he stressed.

The Iranian foreign minister warned against any doubt about Iran’s determination in the talks and the necessity of the other sides’ fulfillment of their JCPOA commitments.

Commenting on the U.S. new sanctions on Iran, Amir-Abdollahian said although the Islamic Republic is doubtful about Washington’s intentions, it will reverse its retaliatory measures in case the American side fully returns to its commitments and refrains from putting forward further requests.

In late October, the U.S. Treasury Department imposed a fresh round of sanctions on four individuals and two organizations allegedly involved in promoting the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) programs of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and its Quds Force, despite Washington’s claims to be serious in rejoining the nuclear deal and removing sanctions against the country.

Highlighting the Islamic Republic’s constructive cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Amir-Abdollahian called on the UN nuclear watchdog’s director general, Rafael Mariano Grossi, to avoid adopting political stances toward Iran’s nuclear program.

He emphasized that Tehran will continue its technical cooperation with the IAEA.

The Russian foreign minister, for his part, underlined the importance of reviving the JCPOA.

He noted that all parties, and primarily the U.S., are required to return to full compliance with the JCPOA and their commitments.

Lavrov added Moscow has always stressed the importance and the need for the U.S. to stop its destructive moves toward the JCPOA.




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