Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said Iran and the remaining parties to the 2015 nuclear deal can reach a “good deal in a short time” only in case of a “serious and positive” approach to the upcoming talks slated to start in the Austrian capital of Vienna at the end of this month.
“The Islamic Republic has no intention to be locked in the stalemate remaining from the previous negotiations…I believe that if the opposite sides enter in the Vienna [talks] with a serious and positive approach, it will be possible to achieve a good agreement in a short time,” Amir-Abdollahian said in an Instagram post on Friday, Press TV reported.
The top Iranian diplomat said it was necessary to once again outline Iran’s stance and views about the Vienna talks. He noted that he held “detailed and separate” phone talks with the foreign ministers of the P4+1 group of countries – China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany – in the past days and emphasized that the Islamic Republic would pursue a result-oriented approach to the talks and is “determined to achieve a good deal”.
Amir-Abdollahian added that achieving a good agreement calls for the “effective and verifiable removal of sanctions and the return of the opposite sides to their full obligations” as per the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Iran and the P4+1 have held six rounds of talks since April in order to revitalize the tattered accord by bringing the US back to compliance three years after former president Donald Trump walked out of it and reimposed and reinforced sanctions on Tehran in breach of the pact.
A new round of negotiations will recommence in Vienna on November 29.
Amir-Abdollahian said the United States’ behavior, including imposing new sanctions against Iran, has made the provision of its “objective guarantees” an unavoidable necessity.
On Friday, US President Joe Biden said in a memo to the State Department that there were sufficient supplies of petroleum, so other countries can reduce what they buy from Iran, Reuters reported.
Biden’s remark is potentially construed as an impediment to the progress of the forthcoming Vienna talks.
Effective removal of sanctions
Amir-Abdollahian pointed out that his deputy and Iran’s chief negotiator Ali Baqeri Kani held “explicit and useful” talks in European capitals this week.
Baqeri Kani on Friday concluded a tour to France, Germany, Britain and Spain. In Madrid, the last leg of his tour, the Iranian diplomat sat down for talks with Enrique Mora, the political director of the European Union and the chair of the JCPOA Joint Commission on behalf of EU High Representative Josep Borrell.
In a tweet on Friday, Baqeri Kani said that during his meetings and interviews he stressed the need for “effective removal of unlawful sanctions and importance of assurances on the non-repetition” of breaching the terms of the nuclear deal.
Support for lifting of sanctions
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow will support the lifting of sanctions on Iran and the full implementation of the JCPOA in the upcoming talks in Vienna.
“We will advocate that the agreements that were concluded within the framework of this document in 2015 be resumed in full. Of course, this implies the return of the United States to fulfill its obligations, including the lifting of all sanctions introduced in the context of the JCPOA,” Lavrov said on Friday.
The Russian foreign minister also said that the JCPOA had been among the topics discussed in Paris in the “2+2” format between Russian and French defense and foreign ministers.
“Here, we have prospects for more constructive cooperation,” Lavrov added.