0839 GMT October 06, 2022
Iranian President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi said Tehran has never left the table in the negotiations on the revival of a 2015 nuclear deal, noting, however, that his administration will not tie the country’s progress and economy to the fate of the talks or others’ frown or smile.
Raeisi made the remarks in an address to a meeting with a number of people in the southeastern province of Kerman on Friday, stressing, “Others’ frown or smile is not important to us. We will continue the country’s progress and development with strength,” Fars News Agency reported.
He added that although Iran is under the enemies’ threats and sanctions, his administration has announced and proved in practice that it will not tie the country’s advancement as well as the resolution of its economic problems to the fate of the sanctions.
Raeisi gave the assurance that the administration’s economic team is doing its job, saying the government is making investments to boost imports and exports.
He noted that a bright future is ahead of the country, emphasizing that Iranians can make great and lasting achievements despite sanctions and concerns.
Over the past four decades Iran has always been targeted by U.S. coercive measures, with Washington’s unilateral sanctions having intensified following its May 2018 withdrawal from the nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
The talks on the JCPOA’s revival began in April 2021 in Vienna, Austria, but were suspended in March because of political differences between Tehran and Washington.
The latest round of talks, which had begun on Thursday following a five-month hiatus, came to an end on Monday.
Since taking office in August 2021, Raeisi has repeatedly said that his administration seeks to improve relations with neighbors and Asian states as its foreign policy priority, revive the JCPOA and remove the sanctions.
Commenting on the nuclear talks, Zohreh Elahian, a member of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, told Fars News Agency that the Vienna talks have, once again, proved to the Iranian nation that the United States always breaks its promises.
She added that, of course, the Iranian nation had experienced U.S. not fulfilling of its commitments before.
Elahian said the United States does not seek to recognize the Iranian nation’s rights, stressing that given the U.S. officials’ approach in the nuclear negotiations, it is clear that they do not want to safeguard the Islamic Republic’s economic interests within the JCPOA’s framework.
She added the Iranian negotiating team has demonstrated the required flexibility in the talks, but as was witnessed in the negotiations hosted by Doha, the American side does not want to give up on its invalid and futile stances.
The MP said Iran is currently considered to be a nuclear power, having reached a point of no return in the development of its peaceful nuclear industry.
This comes as, she noted, European countries are in need of trade with Iran and importing oil and petroleum products from the country given the war in Ukraine and their demands.
Turning to the Raeisi administration’s foreign policy, the lawmaker said, the Iranian president and his team are focused on achieving a balance in the country’s international transactions.
She also warned against trusting the United States, as it has already proved that it does no remain committed to any treaty.