1016 GMT December 02, 2022
If the Western sides in the talks on the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal are not keen on reaching an agreement, Iran has other options on the table, said an MP.
Tehran is after concluding the nuclear negotiations, said Mahmoud Abbaszadeh Meshkini, a member of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, speaking to IRNA.
He noted that without the necessary guarantees, any international treaty would fail to be of any value, stressing that in view of what has unfolded in the past, the Westerners have proved incapable of being trustworthy in terms of remaining committed to their obligations, and that is why the Islamic Republic insists on obtaining guarantees from them.
Abbaszadeh Meshkini emphasized that any agreement which fails to safeguard the Iranian nation’s interests will not be acceptable, for the Islamic Republic is, at present, in a position of power and has the upper hand in the nuclear talks. Furthermore, the country’s Foreign Ministry has more elbow room to take the necessary actions in the field of diplomacy.
Turning to the government’s measures over the course of the nuclear talks and in the face of the West’s excessive demands, the MP said Iran’s trump card in the previous rounds of the negotiations enabled the country’s negotiating team to make efforts to safeguard the national interests with greater power.
Political consistency in Iran, wisdom and clever leadership of Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and the country’s success in neutralizing the sanctions created a situation in the international arena, which forced the United States to retreat.
Abbaszadeh Meshkini stressed that to guarantee Iran’s national interests, achievement a win-win agreement is imperative, saying the Islamic Republic has entered the negotiations with the same rationale.
The West, however, needs the negotiations more than Iran does, he noted.
The parliamentarian described the resolution of the safeguards issues between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as a prelude to rebuilding “the collapsed wall of trust” between Tehran and the West, saying any mechanism to this end is required to be designed in a way to allow the Islamic Republic to constantly have its finger on the trigger.
Iran signed the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), with P5+1 in July 2015, agreeing to curb its peaceful nuclear program in return for the removal of sanctions on the country. However, former U.S. president Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the agreement and reimposed unilateral sanctions on Tehran, prompting the latter, after a year of strategic patience, to drop some of its commitments under the pact.
The talks on the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal began in April 2021 in Vienna but were suspended in March this year because of political differences between Tehran and Washington.
The latest round of the nuclear talks was held in the Austrian capital in early August, after a five-month hiatus. On Aug. 8, the European Union put forward a “final text” of a potential agreement on the JCPOA’s revival.
Iran and the United States have indirectly exchanged their views on the draft through the EU.