News ID: 318648
Published: 0352 GMT December 11, 2021

Raeisi: Good deal possible if JCPOA parties resolved to remove sanctions

Raeisi: Good deal possible if JCPOA parties resolved to remove sanctions
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Iran says 'dishonest reports' won't weaken its will

International Desk

President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi on Saturday said “a good deal” could be hammered out to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA, should world powers in talks with Iran were resolved to get US sanctions lifted.

“If the opposing side is determined to remove sanctions, a good deal will be reached,” Raeisi told Iranian ambassadors and heads of Iranian diplomatic missions abroad at a meeting in Tehran.

“We are definitely after a good deal,” he added, two days after Iran began a second round of talks with the remaining JCPOA parties – Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China – under his administration that took office in August.

Iran and the remaining JCPOA members or the P4+1 held six rounds of talks in the Austrian capital from April to June. They resumed negotiations in Vienna last week during which Iran submitted two sets of draft proposals on how to revive the embattled accord. 

Raeisi the fact that Iran presented the drafts proved that the Islamic Republic was serious in the talks.

The proposals detail Iran’s demands on the removal of US sanctions imposed on Tehran following Washington’s withdrawal from the pact in 2018 and the nuclear steps the Islamic Republic took a year later in retaliation for the unilateral pullout.

Iran’s top negotiator Ali Baqeri Kani said on Friday that diplomats began discussing the texts.

The three European countries and the US had called them unrealistic. But Iran says the drafts have been written based on six previous rounds of talks.

The Iranian president also stressed that his government’s strategy was to “break” US sanctions.

“The enemy's strategy is to constantly keep these sanctions on the Iranian people and to expand them, and our strategy is that these sanctions must break,” Raeisi said.

The JCPOA has been moribund since former US president Donald Trump walked out in May 2018 and reimposed and reinforced sweeping sanctions on Iran.

Trump’s successor Joe Biden has signaled willingness to rejoin the deal. Iran says the US must terminate all the sanctions verifiably before it reenters the accord and give guarantees that future administrations in Washington will not scuttle it again.   

Addressing the same event in Tehran, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said his ministry had the responsibility to do its utmost for the removal of US sanctions.

“It is the duty of the diplomatic apparatus to use all its diplomatic efforts, knowledge and experience to eliminate cruel and unilateral US sanctions,” Amir-Abdollahian said.

 

‘Dishonest’ report 

On Friday, Iran’s chief negotiator rejected as “dishonest” a report by Reuters that Iran had agreed to continue talks from where they left off in June.

"Dishonest reports from outside negotiating room won't weaken our will to reach a deal securing our nation's rights and interests," Baqeri Kani tweeted.

He added that the JCPOA remained “alive” in the aftermath of the US withdrawal “because of Iran's responsible conduct”. 

A senior European Union official said on Friday the talks were moving forward and that various key matters were still open for a deal on a final text.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, whose country is not directly participating in the Vienna talks, held a "productive" meeting with counterparts from Britain, Germany and France on Friday, a US State Department spokesperson said on Saturday.

"They discussed the JCPOA talks and our way forward," the spokesperson said.

 

US bill on Iran’s drones

A US congressional panel approved a bill aimed at targeting Iran’s drone capability.

In a statement on Friday, Gregory Meeks, the head of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, announced the passage of the Stop Iranian Drones Act, which would impose a ban on the supply, sale or transfer of military drones to or from Iran under US law.

Iranian military experts and technicians have in recent years made great progress in developing and manufacturing a broad range of military equipment, making the armed forces self-sufficient in this regard.

Iran’s military drone capabilities have proved to deterrent in the face of aggressive moves.

Head of US Central Command General Kenneth McKenzie said in April that Iran's widespread use of drones means that the US is operating without complete air superiority for the first time since the Korean War.

 

 

 

 

   

 

   
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