President Rouhani Underlines Iran’s Upper Hand in Vienna Talks
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that his country has the upper hand in talks with the Group 4+1 (China, Russia, Britain and France plus Germany), adding that the nuclear deal is being revived.
"Our negotiations now are different from the ones in 2013. Now, Iran has the upper hand in negotiations," Rouhani said, addressing a cabinet meeting in Tehran.
"We are not talking about the JCPOA right now. The talks about the JCPOA is over and now we are talking about how to allow the United States to return to the deal," he said, adding, "We are now reviving the JCPOA."
Rouhani said that Iran and the G4+1 have agreed on important and fundamental issues.
He also noted that the US is the country that left the JCPOA first and it should start to fulfill its undertakings and then return to the deal.
Rouhani had said on Monday that the Americans have no choice but to remove all anti-Iran sanctions, adding that the failure of maximum pressure is a great victory for Iran.
“The fact that Americans have admitted the failure of their maximum pressure policy is a great victory for the Iranian nation,” Rouhani said in a meeting with Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Rayeesi and Parliament Speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf.
“The Americans’ confession that their maximum pressure policy was the result of the resistance and steadfastness of our nation. Today, too, the Americans are obliged to terminate those sanctions are contrary to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action,” he added.
Rouhani said that this victory is the result of the guidance of the Supreme Leader, and the resistance of the nation and government.
Also on Monday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that the US should remove all sanctions against Tehran as a legal responsibility without using it as a negotiating leverage.
"Lifting Trump's sanctions, @SecBlinken (US Secretary of State Antony Blinken), is a legal and moral obligation. Not negotiating leverage," Zarif wrote on his twitter page on Monday, addressing Blinken who had claimed that Tehran should first abide by its nuclear undertakings in order to have sanctions removed.
The Iranian top diplomat underlined that the sanctions and pressures policy "didn’t work for Trump—won't work for you".
"Release the Iranian people’s $Billions held hostage abroad due to US bullying," he said, stressing, "Trump's legacy is past its expiration date. Drop it, @POTUS (the US president)."
Blinken on Sunday said that Tehran should abide by its nuclear undertakings in order to have sanctions removed.
"Iran, I think, knows what it needs to do to come back into compliance on the nuclear side, and what we haven't yet seen is whether Iran is ready and willing to make a decision to do what it has to do. That's the test and we don't yet have an answer," Blinken told ABC News' This Week.
This claim is made while Iran has repeatedly stated that the US is the party that has left the nuclear deal and it should first lift all sanctions, and after the verification by Iran, Tehran will reverse its compensatory measures.
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.