Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman questioned US President Joe Biden’s power for giving assurances that Washington will not violate the 2015 nuclear deal again, saying Tehran seeks “necessary” guarantees at the upcoming talks on the revival of the multilateral accord.
Saeed Khatibzadeh told Iranian TV that US administrations, including the incumbent one, have shown that they cannot live up to their guarantees and that “the US president's signature is not as credible as they claim”.
“It is natural that the Islamic Republic of Iran and its negotiating team stress on securing necessary guarantees,” Khatibzadeh added.
The spokesman reiterated what matters for Iran during the new round of talks is the removal of US sanctions “effectively, verifiably and all at once”.
Khatibzadeh noted that a deal to revive the nuclear accord can be reached in the Austrian capital “as soon as possible” if the US adopts such an approach.
Former US president Donald Trumped walked out of the nuclear deal, known as the JCOPA, in 2018 and reimposed and reinforced sanctions on Iran.
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 Vienna since April to bring the US back to compliance. A new round of discussions is slated for November 29 in the Austrian capital.
On Saturday, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said Washington would be coming to the indirect negotiations in Vienna in “good faith”.
"We remain committed to a diplomatic outcome of the nuclear issue,” he said in a speech in Bahrain, according to Reuters.
In a tweet on Thursday, Iran’s top negotiator Ali Baqeri Kani said the forthcoming talks will succeed if the P4+1 have a “firm determination” and stand “practically” ready to bring about a removal of the US sanctions.
Smooth restart of talks
Meanwhile, China reiterated its support for the implementation of the JCPOA, saying “diplomatic efforts” and “concrete actions” are key to a smooth restart of the Vienna talks.
Speaking at a regular press conference on Friday, China's Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian said Beijing always believes that upholding and implementing the nuclear deal is the “only effective way” to resolve the outstanding issues pertaining to Iran's nuclear program, Press TV reported.
“All parties should step up diplomatic efforts and take concrete actions to push for a smooth restart of negotiations on resuming compliance with the JCPOA and achieve positive results.”
He expressed hope that all relevant parties would pay heed to the "overall interest, be rational and exercise restraint, and avoid disrupting diplomatic efforts to advance the negotiations".
IAEA chief’s visit
In response to a question about a planned visit by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Grossi to Iran next week, the Chinese Foreign Ministry official expressed hope that both sides would be able to "properly" settle differences through peaceful channels.
“China hopes that the IAEA and Iran can properly resolve differences on monitoring and verification through dialogue and consultation on the basis of mutual respect.”
He called on all relevant parties to play a constructive role in this regard.
The spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Behrouz Kamalvandi, said the UN nuclear agency’s chief would arrive in Tehran on Monday. He added that Grossi would hold talks with the Iranian foreign minister and the AEOI Head Mohammad Eslami on Tuesday, noting that the visit would take place in line with cooperation between Iran and the IAEA.
Grossi’s trip comes ahead of next week’s meeting of the 35-nation Board of Governors. The IAEA chief paid a one-day visit to Tehran in September and held talks with the AEOI head.