0246 GMT August 18, 2022
Diplomats spoke at the UN Security Council Thursday, wringing their hands at perceived lack of progress after Iran and the European side said they will keep in touch "about the continuation of the route and the next stage of the talks".
Iran's UN Ambassador Majid Takht-Ravanchi told the council that Tehran is ready to strike an agreement, but everything depends on the US to make a decision.
"Iran has demanded verifiable and objective guarantees from the US that JCPOA will not be torpedoed again, that the US will not violate its obligations again, and that sanctions will not be reimposed under other pretexts or designations," he told the council using the official name of the deal.
The Chinese envoy urged the US to respond positively to Iran’s reasonable demands and redress it past mistakes.
"The United States should face up to its responsibility, correct its mistake once and for all, make a political decision as soon as possible, and take concrete measures to respond positively to the reasonable demands of Iran," Zhang Jun said.
Russia’s Deputy UN Ambassador Dmitry Polyanskiy said the US “maximum pressure” launched by former US president Donald Trump in 2018 is “the main cause of all of the current problems plaguing the JCPOA”.
The talks in Doha followed several rounds of negotiations in the Austrian capital of Vienna since April last year. They had stalled since March, chiefly over Washington’s insistence to maintain some key elements of the sanctions intact.
Iran has demanded that the US should provide guarantees a future administration would not withdraw from a restored deal again, something the administration of US President Joe Biden has not been able to do.
European diplomats and former US officials have told NBC News that the US is likely to introduce new sanctions against Iran and seek sabotage operations against Iran’s nuclear program.
Iranian politicians and military officials have repeatedly warned against any adventurism against the Islamic Republic, warning of a crushing response to any act of aggression.
US needs to be realistic
Speaking to Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on the phone, President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi on Thursday criticized the West's non-commitment to the requirements of serious and real negotiations.
"The West's accusation campaign against Iran amid the talks bespeaks their non-commitment to the requirements of serious and real negotiation," Raeisi said.
"A sustainable agreement," he said, "entails removal of the oppressive and illegal sanctions and [the West's] unconditional abandonment of its baseless and unfounded accusations."
Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian also said Tehran is serious about reaching a good, strong and lasting agreement, and that an accord is achievable if the United States is realistic.
“We are determined to continue negotiating until a realistic agreement is reached,” he said after a phone call with his Qatari counterpart Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani.
“I insist on the fact that we are making serious efforts to reach a good, solid and lasting agreement,” Amir-Abdollahian said.