News ID: 318817
Published: 0418 GMT December 18, 2021

EU’s Mora: ‘Common basis' gained on removal of Iran sanctions

EU’s Mora: ‘Common basis' gained on removal of Iran sanctions

Iran says E3 accepts its proposals for further talks

Russia calls for ‘maximum flexibility’ at Vienna talks

European Union deputy foreign policy chief Enrique Mora said Saturday the parties to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal have a “common basis” on the removal of unilateral sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

Mora's remarks came on Saturday after the seventh round of talks in the Austrian capital, Vienna, confirming Iran's announcement that the Europeans had accepted Iran's draft proposals on how to proceed with the negotiations, Press TV wrote.

“Now we have a common basis though not entirely there on sanctions lifting chapter but that bit has a different internal logic so no big deal. Hope that clarifies why next is 8,” Mora tweeted.

Iran’s chief negotiator Ali Baqeri Kani announced on Friday that the three European members of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – known as the E3 – have accepted his country's proposals as the basis for future talks.

Baqeri Kani said the pace of reaching an agreement depended on the will of the other side.

"If the other side accepts the rational views and positions of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the new round of talks can be the last one and we can achieve a deal in the shortest possible time."

The senior diplomat added that Iran and the P4+1 group of countries – Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia – reached “two new documents for talks both on the issue of sanctions and on the nuclear issue,” referring to the bans that the US imposed on Iran after withdrawing from the deal and the retaliatory nuclear steps that Tehran took away from the accord.

He emphasized that a fresh round of Vienna talks would start in the near future based on these new texts which incorporate Iran’s viewpoints and positions.

Baqeri Kani noted that given the formation of a new administration in Iran, the country’s new negotiating team had brought along its own stance and views to Vienna.

At the same time, however, the new Iranian negotiating team took into account the positions, views, amendments and proposals put forward by the former Iranian colleagues during the previous six rounds of talks in Vienna as well as the drafts that had been prepared up to that time and “incorporated them in the negotiation documents that we presented to the other side,” he added.

“Specifically, two documents were important for the negotiations. One was related to the removal of sanctions, which was the main priority on the agenda of the negotiating team of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” the chief negotiator said.

He said the removal of sanctions was not just a priority for Iran, but other parties, including some of the P4+1 members, such as China, explicitly announced in the discussions that their priority was in harmony with that of Tehran.

Baqeri Kani said the E3 exerted pressure on Iran at first to make it retreat from its positions and insisted that the negotiations should move forward within the framework of the previous six rounds of the Vienna talks.

Faced with Iran’s resistance and logical arguments, the opposite side finally agreed to accept Iran’s positions as “a basis for serious, result-oriented” negotiations, the official added.


‘Maximum flexibility’ required

Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov on Friday called for “maximum flexibility” for restoring the JCPOA.

"We are convinced that neither Iran nor the United States is interested in escalating tensions. Therefore, we call on all parties to show maximum flexibility and contribute to the search for mutually acceptable solutions for the soonest JCPOA revival," Antonov said.

He added that the nuclear deal needs to be revived as it is “an optimal combination of obligations and benefits all its participants”.


‘Disastrous’ withdrawal

US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on Friday criticized the administration of former president Donald Trump over its “disastrous” withdrawal from the JCPOA.

Sullivan said the past few days have brought “some progress” at the negotiating table, but Tehran has “raced” its nuclear program since Washington pulled out of the agreement in 2018 under Trump.

“Getting that program back into a box through a return to mutual compliance with the JCPOA has proven more difficult through the course of this year than we would have liked to see,” he added. “And we are paying the wages of the disastrous decision to leave the deal back in 2018.”

The comments echoed those of Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who earlier admitted that abandoning JCPOA “isolated” the United States, not the Islamic Republic.








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