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Published: 0137 GMT September 23, 2022

No deal on JCPOA without closure of safeguards dispute: Raeisi

No deal on JCPOA without closure of safeguards dispute: Raeisi

President: UN should represent all nations, not just powers

President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi called for the closure of the UN nuclear watchdog’s investigation into a safeguards dispute with Iran in order to reach a deal on the revival of the 2015 nuclear agreement, known as the JCPOA.

“It is not possible to reach an agreement without closing the alleged safeguards case. Basically, when Iran is ready to resolve such issues along with a nuclear deal and that the Western countries and the United States refuse to do so, proves that they want to keep it as leverage to pressure Iran. We will not give in to such a procedure,” Raeisi told a conference in New York on Thursday after addressing the UN General Assembly.

He demanded “reliable and reassuring guarantees” from the United States that it would not ditch the nuclear deal again as it did in 2018.

“An agreement is not just signing a piece of paper... It must bring binding commitments in practice,” Raeisi said.

The president repeated that the ball is in the US court to make the “necessary decision” to resuscitate the JCPOA.


US should remove revival barriers

Speaking with members of a number of American foreign policy think tanks, Raeisi said the US needs to remove the obstacles impeding the JCPOA revival as it was the party that left the multilateral deal. 

“Iran has not withdrawn from the existing agreement and has fulfilled all its commitments in this agreement," he said, according to Press TV.

"It was the United States that pulled out of this agreement and it was the European countries that did not fulfill their obligations," the president added.

Since the beginning of the talks to salvage the JCPOA, he said, Iran has declared that it is in favor of negotiations "with the aim of reaching a fair and reasonable agreement, and not negotiations for the sake of negotiations."

The talks to salvage the agreement kicked off in the Austrian capital of Vienna in April last year. Despite notable progress, the US indecisiveness and procrastination caused multiple interruptions in the marathon talks.


Organization for all nations

On Thursday evening, Raeisi met UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, urging the world body to represent all nations rather than major powers. 

"The United Nations should truly be an organization for nations not that of powers," said Raeisi.

Pointing to the ongoing crises in some of the regional countries, Raeisi noted that the resolution to all of them lies in the formation of national dialogue without any foreign intervention.

Iran supports the establishment of regional dialogue for resolving bilateral issues between regional states, he also noted.

It is necessary for the UN to play a "more serious" role in confronting unilateralism, added Raeisi.

Iran is the friend of its neighbors in tough times, he said, while also referring to humanitarian measures of Iran in hosting Afghan refugees and also its fight against terrorism which was a great danger for the region and the world.

Elsewhere, Raeisi touched upon the destructive military intervention of Western countries in the West Asian region, saying the presence of the US and NATO in the region has resulted in nothing but "war, destruction, occupation, and murder".

Guterres described US withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal as "unconstructive", and regretted that anti-Iranian sanctions were not eased amid the coronavirus pandemic.

He voiced the United Nations' support for Iran's initiative on establishing regional dialogue.


US sanctions failed

On the sidelines on the UNGA, Raeisi met several world leaders including Finland’s President Sauli Niinisto to whom he said US “illegal and oppressive” sanctions failed to impede Iran’s progress, and that the country succeeded in making great achievements in various scientific, technological and economic fields despite the restrictions.

Sanctions are a new form of the same policy of military action “with the purpose of imposing the demands of hegemonic and tyrannical countries on independent countries, but they have failed to stop Iran,” Raeisi said.

Given the fact that the US and the European countries violated the JCPOA, no one in the world can now claim that Iran’s stance on the importance of obtaining reliable guarantees is unreasonable, he added.

The Finnish president said his country had good relations with Iran and added that both sides were developing their amicable ties.

Niinisto thanked Iran for hosting a large population of Afghan refugees and called on President Raeisi to play a mediatory role to end the Ukraine conflict.


Resistance only way to stop Israel 

In a meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati, Raeisi said Lebanon proved that resistance is the only means to stop Israeli aggression.

He said Lebanon is at "the forefront of resistance" against Israel, referring to the country's decades-old history of confronting the occupying entity.

"Those, who used to consider that the Zionist regime and its supporters could be confronted through [some] means other than resistance, have realized their mistake, and are changing their [respective] approaches," Raeisi said.

The enemy, the president concluded, was trying to create the impression that the state of affairs in the region favors the United States and Israel. This is while normalization of relations between some regional states and the Zionist regime does not contribute to the occupying regime's security, and even deepens the regional peoples' antipathy towards Tel Aviv, he added.

Mikati said relationship between Iran and Lebanon was at "a very good" status, saying Beirut had invariably sought to have very favorable ties with Tehran, and expressing his readiness to travel to the Islamic Republic in the near future.


Iran-Japan ties 

The president also met with Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, discussing with him the United States' unilateral withdrawal from the JCPOA, and Washington's reinstatement of the sanctions.

"It is necessary [for us] to find innovative means to prevent the US unilateral and oppressive sanctions from affecting Iran and Japan's relations," Raeisi said.

The president called the relations between the two countries friendly and long-standing, honoring the memory of deceased former prime minister of Japan Shinzo Abe, who made great efforts to increase cooperation between the two countries.

Raeisi said Iran's economic relations with many countries are developing, noting that due to the long history of cooperation between Iran and Japan, and numerous field of cooperation including development of Chabahar port, as well as health and environment sectors,” the bilateral relations can be increasingly strengthened.”

Raeisi also described Iran's dialogue with regional countries as positive, stressing that the success of these dialogues hinges on non-interference of certain foreign countries in regional affairs.

The Japanese prime minister, for his part, pointed to the current cooperation between the two countries in the fields of health, water, environment and crisis prevention, and announced Tokyo's readiness to increase such cooperation with Tehran in various areas.


















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