More than 190 lawmakers urged the Iranian government on Tuesday to push for “firmer guarantees” from the United States for the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal.
In a letter to President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi, the deputies also demanded that Iran’s red lines be observed in the course of the Vienna talks.
The MPs also stressed that any agreement to resurrect the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) must serve Iran’s national interests, Tasnim News Agency reported.
Iran has been engaged in long-running negotiations in the Austrian capital to revitalize the JCPOA, with Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia directly, and the United States indirectly. The talks were halted more than a month ago.
The multilateral accord gave Iran sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program. But the deal was sent to disarray after former US president Donald Trump walked out of it in 2018 and reimposed and reinforced tough sanctions on Iran.
The unilateral withdrawal prompted Iran a year later to begin rolling back on its own commitments in retaliation.
Iran seeks the removal of all sanctions at once and in a verifiable fashion and firm assurances that a pullout would not occur under any US administration.
Among the sticking points is Tehran’s key demand to remove the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps from the US list of “terrorists”.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on Monday said the current stalemate in the Vienna talks was due to excessive demands put forth by the United States, vowing that Tehran would never give in to such demands.
“If there is a pause in the course of the Vienna talks, it’s due to the American side’s excessive demands,” Amir-Abdollahian said in a post on his Twitter account.
He emphasized that Iran's Foreign Ministry acts "with power and logic" in order to secure the highest interests of the Iranian nation while observing the country's red lines.
The top Iranian diplomat noted that a final agreement can be reached in Vienna "if the White House behaves realistically".
On Sunday, Amir-Abdollahian said an agreement was “close”, during a phone conversation with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
“We have passed on our proposals on the remaining issues to the American side through the EU senior negotiator, and now the ball is in US court,” he said.