News ID: 320948
Published: 0333 GMT April 11, 2022

Raeisi: Iran following strategy outlined by Leader in Vienna talks

Raeisi: Iran following strategy outlined by Leader in Vienna talks
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Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi speaks at a meeting with domestic media CEOs in Tehran on April 10, 2022.

International Desk

Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi said his administration has repeatedly stressed that its strategy in the Vienna talks on the restoration of a 2015 nuclear deal is the one announced by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.

Making the remarks in an address to a Sunday night meeting with domestic media CEOs, Raeisi added that, at times, some people pretend as if the nuclear negotiations are the country’s sole foreign policy issue, which is incorrect, president.ir wrote.

The administration, he said, considers the nuclear talks as one of the country’s foreign policy issues.

The president noted that the secretariat of the Supreme National Security Council, as the main reference of information about nuclear talks and communication with domestic media and elites in this field, holds regular meetings with the press and the media and informs them of the latest progress achieved in the negotiations.

Turning to his administration’s measures for attracting foreign investments, Raeisi said that work had begun in this field, the details of which will be announced in the future.

He stressed that to confront bids and media campaigns by the enemies aimed at disappointing the country’s people, everybody in his administration is duty-bound, through effective planning, to prepare the ground for informing the society of the government’s achievements as it would help raise the people’s hope.

Raeisi warned that the enemy seeks to spread despair in the Iranian society, calling on the domestic press and media to foil enemy plots and emerge victorious in the “battle of narratives”.

In remarks at a Saturday ceremony to mark the 16th anniversary of the National Nuclear Industry Day, Raeisi stressed that Iran has never left the negotiations and will not suspend them; but the ‎‎strategy is, and will be, the one announced by the Leader, which makes the administration duty-bound to promote the rights of the Iranian nation and ‎‎defend the achievements of the country’s nuclear scientists.

He added the Islamic Republic’s nuclear activities are ‎entirely peaceful, saying his administration will not back down even “one step” on the Iranian nation’s ‎rights in the Vienna talks. ‎

Raeisi noted that the enemy knows very well that Iran does not seek to produce nuclear weapons.

He added they are solely afraid of the Iranian nation’s increased power. ‎

The president said neither the sanctions and threats, nor the cruelty inflicted on the Iranian nation could, and will be ‎able to, “stop us”, adding likewise, the assassinations of the country’s nuclear scientists and perpetration of ‎acts of sabotage on Iran’s nuclear sites failed to prevent the nation form working toward its peaceful ‎nuclear targets. ‎

The enemies know well that nuclear weapons have no place in the Islamic Republic’s defense doctrine, he ‎emphasized, noting that the International Atomic Energy Agency has, over 15 times, confirmed in its ‎reports that no violation has been detected in Iran’s nuclear activities. ‎

The president added although Iran’s nuclear activities and equipment constitute solely three percent of the ‎world’s entire nuclear equipment, 25 percent of the IAEA’s inspection capacities have been focused on the ‎Islamic Republic’s nuclear activities. ‎

He noted that it indicates the ill-wishers know that Iran is not after developing nuclear weapons, but do ‎not want the country to become powerful and have access to the numerous benefits of the peaceful ‎nuclear industry. ‎

Raisi said various countries in the region have nuclear weapons, but the enemies do not ‎show any sensitivity toward them, which further proves that they are solely concerned about Iran’s ‎independence and increased power. ‎

Iran signed the nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), with ‎the ‎‎‎world powers ‎in July 2015 accepting to put some curbs on its nuclear ‎program in return for the removal of ‎‎the international sanctions on Tehran. ‎However, former ‎‎‎‎‎‎president ‎‎‎‎‎Donald ‎Trump pulled ‎‎‎the United States ‎‎‎out ‎of the ‎‎agreement in May ‎‎‎‎‎2018 ‎‎‎and ‎‎‎‎reimposed Washington’s ‎‎unilateral ‎‎sanctions on Iran, ‎prompting ‎‎the Islamic ‎‎Republic to reduce some of its nuclear ‎‎commitments ‎under the agreement in ‎retaliation.‎‎

Since April 2021, several rounds of talks have been held in the Austrian capital ‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎between Iran and the ‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎remaining JCPOA parties to ‎revive the deal. ‎

Iran insists ‎on obtaining guarantees that ‎‎the succeeding U.S. ‎governments would ‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎‎not drop the deal ‎again ‎‎‎‎‎‎and calls for ‎the ‎‎lifting the sanctions ‎in a verifiable ‎‎‎‎‎‎‎manner.

 

 

 

   
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