News ID: 318550
Published: 0356 GMT December 07, 2021

Iran FM: ‘No way’ for U.S. to rejoin JCPOA without removing sanctions

Iran FM: ‘No way’ for U.S. to rejoin JCPOA without removing sanctions

China urges U.S. to remove all illegal sanctions on Iran

International Desk

Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said there was “no way” for the United States to reenter the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA, without removing the sanctions it imposed on Iran in the wake of its unilateral pullout from the accord in 2018. 

“In the course of the previous six rounds of negotiations, it became clear to Iran that the United States did not realize that without lifting all the sanctions imposed on the Iranian people in the period after Washington's withdrawal from the nuclear deal, there is no way to return to the JCPOA,” Amir-Abdollahian said of intense negotiations Iran held with world powers earlier this year to revive the trouble accord in an article published by Russian newspaper Kommersant.

Last week, Iran and the remaining parties to the JCPOA – Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia – held a seventh round of talks in the Austrian capital Vienna after a five-month hiatus in a new effort to resuscitate the nuclear agreement. Diplomats are set to begin anew on Thursday, according to Iran’s chief negotiator Ali Baqeri Kani.

Amir-Abdollahian said the previous six rounds aimed at “restoring the rights of the Iranian people and lift the sanctions” were “unsuccessful” due to the U.S.’ “exorbitant demands”.      

He added that Iran is “determined to make the negotiations successful” despite the lack of fulfillment of the West's obligations under the JCPOA “with the ultimate goal of lifting unilateral and illegal sanctions”. 

“The main goal of the Vienna talks should be the full and effective implementation of the JCPOA, as well as the normalization of trade ties and sustainable economic cooperation with the Islamic Republic of Iran,” the top diplomat pointed out.

Amir-Abdollahian noted that Iran is ready to stop the nuclear measures it took in retaliation for theU.S. withdrawal when it is provided with “guarantees, compensation for damage and an effective and verifiable lifting of sanctions”.

“Iran does not consider it possible to seriously discuss the issue of the return of the United States to the JCPOA if it is not given guarantees that the bitter experience of the past will not be repeated,” he said.

The minister also emphasized that Tehran does not accept demands that go beyond the nuclear pact. “Iran will not negotiate on topics outside the JCPOA.”

He advised the U.S. and the three European states to take note that “the current negotiation window will not be open forever”.

“Iran plans to continue active diplomatic efforts to lift illegal American sanctions, but at the same time it has an effective toolkit to neutralize their effect,” the top diplomat asserted.  

Amir-Abdollahian assured that a “good, stable and effectively verifiable agreement” is achievable if all participants in the Vienna talks “demonstrate their political will in practice”.

He said the Iranian negotiating team, “possessing goodwill, a serious attitude,” is ready to make every effort for the talks to bear fruit.


Iran proposals

Baqeri Kani said during a visit to Moscow on Tuesday that Iran’s draft proposals can “seriously direct the course of the talks toward progress”.

During the latest round of talks, Iran submitted two sets of proposals on the removal of U.S. sanctions and its nuclear activities.

Baqeri Kani said the proposals were “based on the documents that both Iran and other parties agreed upon” during the previous rounds.

The U.S. and the three European countries called the drafts unacceptable.

Germany on Monday urged Iran to return to Vienna with “realistic proposals”.

But Amir-Abdollahian denied that Iran’s proposals were excessive. “Our demands are fully in line with the JCPOA.”


US initiator of crisis

China on Monday urged the U.S., as the initiator of the crisis, to remove all unilateral and illegal sanctions imposed on Iran.

“As the one who started the Iranian nuclear crisis, the U.S. should lift all illegal unilateral sanctions against Iran,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a weekly press conference.

Zhao called on all parties involved in the Vienna talks to adhere to the political direction of dialogue and negotiation, warning that “finger-pointing and pressuring will lead nowhere”.

He also urged Iran and the P4+1 to “adopt a flexible and open attitude, show political wisdom, seek practical and feasible solutions, and strive to reach an agreement on resuming compliance with the JCPOA” as soon as possible.











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