Iran Not to Allow N. Talks to Drag Out
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said the country’s negotiating team is in no rush in the nuclear talks, but they won’t let the attrition talks either.
“The Iranian negotiating team is in no hurry in the talks, they perform their mission seriously and tactfully and at the same time, they won’t allow the talks become exhausting and protracted,” Khatibzadeh said on Monday in reference to the ongoing nuclear negotiations between Iran and G4+1 in Vienna.
He clarified Iran’s principled policy in the Vienna talks, stressing that the text of the JCPOA must be implemented word by word.
The US, under former president Donald Trump, unilaterally withdrew participation in the agreement and re-imposed sanctions against Iran, which the accord had lifted.
The Trump administration subsequently launched what it touted as a campaign of “maximum pressure” against Iran, hoping to force the Islamic Republic to accept large-scale limits on its nuclear program and missile work, among other things.
The administration of US President Joe Biden has verbally renounced that policy and admitted to its failure, while expressing a willingness to return to the Iran deal. However, it has so far stopped short of taking any concrete steps to that end and retained the sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
In relevant remarks late April, Iran’s chief negotiator in Vienna talks Abbas Araqchi said his country will not let prolongation of negotiations, warning that Tehran will leave the talks if the other parties lack seriousness.
Araqchi said that Iran will not let the nuclear talks in Vienna take long, adding, “Iran will exit the talks if the other parties are not serious and seek to buy time or to add other issues to the talks.”
“One cannot predict a specific deadline [for the talks], but we will not let the negotiations become attritional,” he stressed.
“Yet, we are not in a rush, because there are serious issues which need to be carefully examined,” Araqchi noted.