News ID: 317910
Published: 0332 GMT November 14, 2021

Iran to enter Vienna talks with ‘goodwill’: FM

Iran to enter Vienna talks with ‘goodwill’: FM

Russia shares Iran’s stance on reaching ‘good deal’

US unconditional return sole path to JCPOA revival: Iranian MP

International Desk

Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said Iran will enter a new round of talks in Vienna to revive the 2015 nuclear deal with “goodwill”.

“Iran will take part in the Vienna talks with goodwill despite breaches of JCPOA commitments, the [US] withdrawal from the pact, the violation of Resolution 2231 by the US, and the inaction of the European parties to the deal in fulfilling their obligations,” Amir-Abdollahian said on Saturday, using the official name of the multilateral agreement and referring the to a resolution passed by the UN Security Council in 2015 to endorse it.

The resumption of the stalled negotiations is aimed at removing “cruel, illegal and unilateral sanctions” the United Stated imposed on Iran after abandoning the accord in 2018.

Iran and the remaining parties to the JCPOA, known as the P4+1 – China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany – have held six rounds of talks since April in order to revitalize the unraveling accord by bringing the US back to compliance.

A new round of talks will recommence in the Austrian capital on November 29.

Amir-Abdollahian said on Friday that Iran other parties and can reach a “good deal in a short time” only in case of a “serious and positive” approach to the upcoming talks.

“The Islamic Republic has no intention of being locked in a stalemate remaining from the previous negotiations… I believe that if the opposite sides enter in Vienna [talks] with a serious and positive approach, it would be possible to achieve a good deal in a short time,” he said.


Russian stance

Russia’s lead negotiator at the Vienna talks, Mikhail Ulyanov, said his country shares Iran’s stance on the possibility of reaching a good agreement in a short time during the upcoming talks.

In response to Amir-Abdollahian’s comments, Ulyanov said on Twitter, “Russia proceeds from the same understanding”.

In another tweet, the Russian diplomat reacted to earlier remarks made by Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister and chief negotiator Ali Baqeri Kani on the significance of the removal of all sanctions against Tehran.

In a tweet on Friday, Baqeri Kani said that during earlier visits to France, Germany, Britain and Spain, 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.

“It is natural that for Iran sanctions lifting comes first,” Ulyanov said in response to the Iranian chief negotiator.


US unconditional return

Meanwhile, an Iranian lawmaker said Sunday that the sole path to reviving the JCPOA is the unconditional return of the US to the agreement and the removal of its unilateral sanctions.

Yaqoub Rezazadeh, a member of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, said it is necessary that Tehran would receive guarantees from the other JCPOA parties that the deal would not be violated again in the future.

Commenting on the next round of the negotiations, Rezazadeh said the Iranian Parliament and government have explicitly expressed that the sanctions must be immediately lifted.

“We are upbeat that the sanctions would be removed in light of the good diplomacy pursued by Foreign Minister Amir-Abdollahian and emphasis by President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi on the issue,” he added.

“We must pursue the removal of the sanctions through the Europeans,” the lawmaker stressed, adding that Iran must not give up on its demands so that the European states would be compelled to urge the United States to acquiesce to the Islamic Republic’s legitimate requests.

Iran should continue the negotiations seriously and strongly, he urged.

To restore the JCPOA, the MP added, Iran’s frozen assets in other countries must also be released.

The Islamic Republic can achieve good results from the nuclear talks through insistence on its demands and pursuing diplomacy, he said.

Rezazadeh added that Western countries should know that Iran is a powerful regional state and if they seek ensured and sustainable security in the Middle East, they must definitely take the Islamic Republic’s role in the region seriously.



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