Chief Negotiator Rejects Interim Agreement in N. Talks
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi rejected the possibility of any “temporary agreement” during the nuclear talks in Vienna with the remaining parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, stressing that Tehran is in talks only for the full removal of all sanctions.
Araqchi said that the ongoing negotiations between Iran and the Group 4+1 (China, Russia, Britain and France plus Germany) included no notions such as a “temporary agreement” or similar issues and added that the only goal of the ongoing talks in Vienna for Iran is to force the US to lift all sanctions.
The top negotiator noted that the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei has warned against Iran’s entanglement in lengthy talks.
“Nor would the Islamic Republic try to rush its desired result,” Araqchi added, and stressed that Iran strives to safeguard its interests and definitive positions.
In relevant remarks on Monday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that the country’s negotiators do not hold direct or indirect talks with the US representatives in Vienna.
“In Vienna, we have no direct or indirect talks with the US. The US government knows better than anyone that Iran has adopted all (remedial) measures within the framework of the nuclear deal’s parameters and will stop them when the US lifts all sanctions and we can verify it,” Khatibzadeh told reporters in a press conference in Tehran.
Khatibzadeh also said that the Vienna talks have progressed in the correct direction so far, and added, “We are on the right track and progress has been made, but it is not as if we have reached the final stage. We tried to present our texts and called on the other side to quickly study the common texts and instances. The sooner this happens, the better we can think about the outcome. It's too early to think about it. We are now at a stage where discussions on difficult issues need to take place.”
He, meantime, said that the two negotiating sides in Vienna talks have not yet reached an agreement on the grant of the IMF loan demanded by Tehran after the coronavirus outbreak, stressing that no new agreement beside the nuclear deal will be made.