Iran on Tuesday hit back at Western parties to the 2015 nuclear deal over “persisting in their blame game”, a day after European diplomats gave a pessimistic assessment of talks in Vienna to revive the accord.
“Some actors persist in their blame game habit, instead of real diplomacy,” Iran’s top negotiator Ali Baqeri Kani tweeted.
He said Iran “worked constructively and flexibly to narrow gaps” through its proposals.
Referring to the United States and its withdrawal from the nuclear pact in 2018, Kani wrote: “Diplomacy is a two-way street. If there’s real will to remedy the culprit’s wrongdoing, the way for a quick, good deal will be paved.”
Britain, France and Germany said on Monday that "time is running out" to rescue the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which they claimed would very soon become "an empty shell" without progress in negotiations.
They accused Iran of taking positions in the Vienna talks that are "inconsistent" with the terms of the deal
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday threatened Iran with "alternatives" in case talks collapse.
After a five-month pause, talks resumed in Vienna on November 29 to bring back to life the deal which has been moribund since the US unilaterally abandoned it in 2018 and reinstated and reinforced sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
Iran offered two sets of draft proposals to the P4+1 – Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China – on the removal of US sanctions and the rollback of its nuclear steps within the limits of the JCPOA. The three European nations and the US called Iran’s demands unrealistic.
Iran wants the US to lift all the sanctions at once and in a verifiable way before rejoining the deal. It also seeks assurances that future US administrations will not walk out of the accord again.
Iran has asked Western parties “to deal with the negotiations logically”, and come up with “innovations to solve problems”.
Original version of JCPOA
Also on Monday, Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov reaffirmed their respective countries’ commitment to the restoration of the JCPOA to its original version.
The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the two top diplomats focused in their phone conversation on “vital issues” related to the JCPOA and Iran’s nuclear program in the context of the resumption of the negotiating process in Vienna.
“Both parties affirmed the common determination to revive the nuclear deal in its original, balanced form, which was endorsed by the United Nations Security Council,” the statement said.
Lavrov and Amir-Abdollahian, as the statement said, underlined that “this is the only correct way to ensure that the rights and interests of all parties participating in the comprehensive agreements are taken care of.”
According to Iran's Foreign Ministry, during the telephone conversation, the Iranian foreign minister outlined Tehran’s position on the JCPOA, calling on the Western parties to appear more serious in the Vienna talks and demanding the negotiating parties to come up with initiatives in the sanctions removal talks, Press TV reported.
Noting that repeated emphasis has been put on the need to remove all illegal sanctions imposed on Iran, including those contrary to the 2015 nuclear deal and UN Security Council Resolution 2231 that endorses it, Lavrov said Russia has spared no effort to get Americans attuned to all their laws with the JCPOA regulations and those stipulated by the UN Security Council Resolution 2231.
Lavrov added that diplomatic creativity of all negotiating parties, in addition to showing patience for achieving necessary coordination, were keys to the success of the ongoing talks in the Austrian capital.
Russia’s chief negotiator at the Vienna talks said on Monday that none of the parties is trying to drag out negotiations and there is political will to reach a concrete result.
Mikhail Ulyanov made the remark while he answered a question on the G7 summit’s call on Iran to take the process of negotiations seriously.
“There are no grounds to think that any of the parties to the talks on the restoration of the Iran nuclear deal is seeking to drag out the process or has no political will to reach a practical result,” the Russian diplomat said.