News ID: 319699
Published: 0245 GMT January 26, 2022

MP: Sanctions removal matters, not West deadline

MP: Sanctions removal matters, not West deadline
IRNA

Political Desk

No deadline exists for the Iranian negotiating team in the ongoing Vienna talks on the restoration of a 2015 nuclear deal, said an MP.

Making the remark in an interview with IRNA, Abolfazl Amouei, a member of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, added that Iran is diversifying its trade partners, which will be highly effective in neutralizing U.S. unilateral sanctions on the country.

The lawmaker said what is important for Iran in the talks with the remaining signatories to the nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in the Austrian capital is the removal of the sanctions and normalization of the country’s foreign trade.

Amouei stressed that if the other side has set a deadline for arriving at an agreement in the talks, that is its own problem, saying if the deadline issue is very important for the Americans, they can help the negotiations come to fruition sooner by lifting the sanctions.

The MP added in case Iran’s incumbent administration, under President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi, and diplomatic apparatus continue to improve relations with new economic and trade partners, hopes are that they would manage to successfully neutralize the sanctions and safeguard the national interests.

He noted that the Iranian negotiating team to Vienna has been instructed to pursue the conclusion of a complete agreement, rather than a temporary one, on the removal of the sanctions.

A temporary agreement is in no way favored by Iran, the lawmaker stressed.

On Tehran’s cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), he said based on the Strategic Action Plan to Counter Sanctions – a December 2020 law passed by the Iranian Parliament, the experts of the United Nations nuclear watchdog are not allowed to inspect the country’s nuclear sites.

Amouei added, however, Iran will continue collaborations with the IAEA in line with the safeguards agreement, noting that cooperation under safeguards agreement is solely limited to certain nuclear issues and sites.

Iran signed the JCPOA with the P5+1, comprising five permanent UN Security Council members – the United States, France, Russia, China and Britain plus Germany, in July 2015.

The deal helped removed nuclear sanctions on Iran following its implementation in January 2016. In May 2018, however, the United States, under former president Donald Trump, pulled out of the agreement and reimposed Washington’s unilateral sanctions on Tehran in a bid to cripple the Iranian economy and bring the country to the negotiation table to hammer out a new deal.

As acknowledged repeatedly by the officials of U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration, Trump’s withdrawal from the deal has been the worst foreign policy decision in the history of the country and the sanctions have failed to produce the desired result.

Since April, a diplomatic process has begun in Vienna between Iran and the remaining JCPOA signatories to revive the deal, of which eight rounds have been held.

 

 

   
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Resource: IRNA
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