News ID: 321059
Published: 0308 GMT April 16, 2022

MPs hail Iran’s resistance, logic in JCPOA talks

MPs hail Iran’s resistance, logic in JCPOA talks

International Desk

Two Iranian lawmakers on Saturday praised the country’s negotiators in the paused talks to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, saying their resistance and logic pushed the Western parties to the corner.

“The resistance of Iran’s negotiating team caused the West to be passive in the talks,” Abbas Moqtadaei, the deputy chairman of the Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, told IRNA.

The MP added Iran’s insistence on its key demands defeated the United States “in the war of wills”.

“The Iranian nation imposed its victory on the other side in the war of wills,” the lawmaker added.

Iran has been engaged for a year in negotiations with France, Germany, Britain, Russia and China directly, and the US indirectly to resurrect the deal, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Negotiations in the Austrian capital aim to bring back the US to the JCPOA, including through the lifting of sanctions on Iran, almost four years after its unilateral withdrawal, and to return Iran to full compliance with its commitments.

The negotiations had progressed most of the way toward reviving the deal, with different parties pointing to the “final phase”, but they have been paused since March 11 as several pending issues are still unresolved.

Moqtadaei urged the US to withdraw its excessive demands in the paused talks in Vienna to revive the 2015 nuclear deal.

“Iran has been cooperative enough [in the course of the talks] and now if the Americans stop making excessive demands, an agreement will be reached quickly,” he said.

Among the sticking points is Iran’s central demand to remove the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) from the US list of “terrorists”.

Moqtadaei said the US is more in need of a deal to revive the JCPOA than Iran.

“Iran is a regional power, and given the situation in Europe and the US need [for a deal], and many other countries, they have come to the conclusion that they cannot ignore Iran in their equations,” the lawmaker pointed out.

 He stressed that Iran’s demands are “legal” and that Iranian negotiators “will not back down an iota”.


‘Revolutionary vision’

Mohammad Javad Karimi Qoddousi, another member of the same parliamentarian committee, said the strategy of Iran’s negotiating team has been “logical and revolutionary”.

“The negotiating team… is negotiating with a revolutionary vision and unparalleled resistance against the Western side,” Karimi Qoddousi told IRNA.

He added the Iranian negotiators were “able to defend the country's nuclear achievements” with their revolutionary approach.

“The negotiators won concessions from the other side, forcing the Westerners to back down from some of their irrational demands,” the lawmaker pointed out.





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