News ID: 317960
Published: 0310 GMT November 16, 2021

Raeisi: Iran serious in securing its rights in Vienna talks

Raeisi: Iran serious in securing its rights in Vienna talks

President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi, in a phone talk with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, said Iran is “quite serious” in the upcoming Vienna talks aimed at reviving the 2015 nuclear deal, officially called the JCPOA.

Raeisi reiterated Iran is “equally serious” about securing the rights of the Iranian people and lifting all US sanctions.

He also thanked Russia for its stance in defending Iran’s nuclear rights and pushing for the removal of all anti-Iran sanctions

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 in the Austrian capital since April in order to revitalize the unraveling accord by bringing the US back to compliance.

A new round of talks is set to recommence on November 29.

Iran says 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.

Raeisi added opposing unilateralism and strengthening multilateralism are among shared views of Tehran and Moscow, Iran Front Page wrote.

He also said Iran is determined to expand trade relations with Russia. “We are ready to finalize the comprehensive document of long-term cooperation between the two countries so that the process of further enhancing bilateral relations and cooperation can be implemented quickly.”

Putin supported the rights of the Iranian people regarding the nuclear issue. He expressed hope that in the upcoming negotiations, the parties will have sufficient political will to get out of the current situation.

He added that Russia supports Iran’s proposal to draft a new document on long-term cooperation between the two countries, and that “we are determined to finalize the document as soon as possible”.

Putin said Russia views improving the level of economic relations and finalizing joint investment programs with Iran as highly important, adding, “We are witnessing positive willingness to increase the level of bilateral, regional and international cooperation between the two countries”.

 

Main culprit

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Monday there is consensus among the remaining JCPOA parties about the United States' culpability in the current situation that surrounds the deal.

“All the parties have come to the common understanding that the US is the main culprit and [the country that is] responsible for the current situation,” Amir-Abdollahian said during a telephone call with his Italian counterpart Luigi Di Maio on Monday, according to Press TV.

“Some parties contributed to the creation of the unacceptable current situation through their irresponsible behavior and silence in the face of excessive US demands,” Amir-Abdollahian added.

The foreign minister said the Iranian government is “pragmatic and result-oriented,” adding that Iran has shared its views with the parties to the negotiations and is prepared for arriving at a “good agreement”.

“This [however] requires that all the negotiating parties return to acting on their obligations,” he added.

Di Maio expressed delight over the “positive trend” of efforts that concern the negotiations.

He voiced determination on the part of Rome to expand its relations with Tehran and expressed hope that the negotiations bear fruit so the countries can further expand their trade ties.

 

Iran’s top priority

Iran’s top negotiator in the upcoming Vienna talks said on Monday ensuring effective removal of sanctions is the main priority.

Ali Baqeri Kani made the remarks in a video conference with deputy foreign ministers of Russia and China, Sergei Ryabkov and Ma Zhaoxu.

Baqeri Kani, who serves as Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs, pointed to his recent talks with officials of France, Germany, Britain and Spain about the forthcoming talks, and said: “The effective removal of the illegal US sanctions is a necessity and the main priority of the upcoming negotiations.”

During his Monday talks, the Iranian chief negotiator emphasized that the removal of all sanctions and end to measures that are inconsistent with UN Security Council Resolution 2231, in a verifiable way, that would help Iran enjoy the economic and trade benefits of the landmark deal are “necessary conditions” for the Vienna talks to succeed.

Baqeri Kani said the three countries of Iran, China, and Russia see eye to eye on the need to promote multilateralism and counter unilateralism.

 

 

   
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