News ID: 320592
Published: 0326 GMT March 13, 2022

Iran slams 'new' US demands in Vienna talks

Iran slams 'new' US demands in Vienna talks

MPs urge Iran’s delegation to reject artificial deadlines

International Desk

Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian criticized the United States for raising "new" issues in the talks in Vienna, saying Iran was ready to reach a lasting" agreement to resurrect the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA.

In a phone conversation, Amir-Abdollahian and Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani discussed the latest bilateral, regional and international developments, particularly the Vienna negotiations.

The Islamic Republic of Iran is seriously striving for a good, strong and lasting agreement,” he said. 

The current round of negotiations, now in its final stages, started in late November in the Austrian capital between Iran, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia, with the US taking part indirectly.

Their aim was to revive the JCPOA which began unravelling when former US president Donald Trump withdrew from the deal in 2018 and reimposed and reinforced tough sanctions on Iran.

Participants on Friday announced a pause in the Vienna talks, with Tehran saying that all relevant parties will concentrate on a successful conclusion” of the diplomatic effort.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Twitter that the pause could provide a momentum” for resolving any remaining issues and a final return” to the negotiations.

Successful conclusion of talks will be the main focus of all,” he said.

"No external factor will affect our joint will to go forward for a collective agreement," Khatibzadeh pointed out.

Iran says it wont settle for anything less than the removal of all US sanctions in a verifiable manner. It also wants guarantees that Washington would not abandon the agreement again.


No to artificial deadlines

On Sunday, 160 Iranian legislators have called on the countrys negotiating team not to accept artificial deadlines set by the Western side for the finalization of the ongoing negotiations in Vienna.

In a joint statement, the lawmakers stated that the negotiators should not constrain themselves to the fictitious deadlines, urging them to resiliently defend national interests and strongly observe the country's declared red lines during the talks.

Now that the [Russo-Ukrainian] crisis has heightened the West's need for Iran's energy supplies, a decrease in crude oil prices should not occur before the United States meets Iran's legitimate demands,” the statement read, Press TV reported.

We urge the negotiating team to seriously pursue sufficient economic, technical and political guarantees from the United States in order to ensure that the country will not repeat its illegal exit from the [Iran] deal once again,” the MPs said.

They underscored that preservation of the basic elements of Irans civilian nuclear program at home is the strongest guarantee that Washington would not repeat its previous mistake.

The Iranian negotiators, they said, are also required to seek indemnities for US losses on the livelihood of ordinary people. They must make sure that the removal of sanctions is comprehensive and effective, serves the countrys national interests and will remain on paper, the legislators pointed out.

The guarantees must be real at the same time as being legal. We regard excuses like being a non-nuclear matter and not having to do the JCPOA – the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) – as wholly unacceptable,” the statement also read.

While emphasizing the goals and frameworks of the 'Strategic Action Plan to Lift Sanctions and Safeguard Interests, which Iranian lawmakers overwhelmingly voted in favor of on December 1, 2020, the Iranian Parliament follows on any agreement from the perspective of the countrys economic benefits and restoration of the lost rights of the nation. It. Therefore, insists on Article 7 the law, rejects curbs on Irans nuclear program and demands effective removal of sanctions, the lawmakers said.


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