In a phone call with China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Saturday, Amir-Abdollahian added that the US cannot claim to be interested in the talks while it is still persisting on its failed ‘maximum pressure’ policy and economic terrorism against Iran.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the top Iranian diplomat expressed confidence that Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) would continue cooperation within the framework of regulations and their agreements, presstv.ir reported.
Iran and six world powers, namely the US, Britain, France, Germany, Russia, and China, inked the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in July 2015. The agreement removed international sanctions on Iran in exchange for certain limits on Tehran's nuclear activities.
The deal, however, was unilaterally abandoned by the US in 2018 despite Iran’s full compliance with its nuclear undertakings, as repeatedly certified by the UN nuclear agency. The US then unleashed a “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran, practically depriving the country of all of the deal’s economic benefits.
Iran fully honored its nuclear obligations for an entire year, after which it decided to ramp up its nuclear work as a legal “remedial measure” against the US violation of the deal and the abject failure on the part of the other signatories, the E3 in particular, to safeguard its benefits.
Iran and the remaining parties to the JCPOA have held six rounds of talks in Austria’s capital, Vienna, since April. The talks began after the administration of US President Joe Biden voiced willingness to rejoin the agreement. The talks were, however, put on hold in the run-up to Iran’s presidential election in June so that the Islamic Republic could go through a period of government transition.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister and top negotiator Ali Baqeri-Kani announced via Twitter on Wednesday that he had spoken with European Union Deputy Secretary General and Political Director Enrique Mora, adding that the two “agreed to start the negotiations aiming at removal of unlawful & inhumane sanctions on 29 November in Vienna.”
In a Saturday phone conversation with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, the Iranian foreign minister said the rapid progress of multilateral negotiations aimed at removing US sanctions requires a “constructive approach” on the part of the European and American sides, stressing that Tehran is perfectly serious in the talks.
“The rapid progress of the talks requires that the European and American sides take a realistic and constructive approach and avoid excessive demands,” Amir-Abdollahian said.
Amir-Abdollahian and Wang also discussed Tehran-Beijing relations and the latest regional and international developments.
The Iranian foreign minister thanked the Chinese government for sending 120 million doses of coronavirus vaccine to Iran and said the two countries have growing relations.
He said Iran supports China’s Global Development Initiative, proposed by President Xi Jinping at the General Debate of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, and pledged cooperation with Beijing in this regard.
US root cause of problems in JCPOA implementation: Wang
The Chinese foreign minister, for his part, said his country welcomes the continuation of talks on sanctions removal.
Describing the US as the root cause of problems in the JCPOA implementation, Wang expressed hope that Washington would remove all sanctions it has re-imposed on Tehran to make up for its past mistakes so that the upcoming Vienna talks would lead to good outcomes amid Iran’s positive approaches.