President Rayeesi: Talks with G4+1 Should Result in Removal of Sanctions against Iran
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi blasted the US for its cruel sanctions against Iran, specially on medicine and medical supplies, as crime against humanity, and stressed his country will take part only in those talks that result in the removal of all embargos.
President Rayeesi made the remarks in the 76th session of the UN General Assembly via video conference on Tuesday night, in his first address to the main policy-making organ of the world body since taking office in August.
The Iranian president said Washington is using sanctions as a “new way of war” against other nations, stressing that the US sanctions against the Islamic Republic during the coronavirus pandemic are “crimes against humanity”.
“Sanctions are the US’ new way of war with the world countries. Sanctions against the Iranian nation started not with my country’s nuclear program; they even predate the Islamic Revolution and go back to the year 1951 when oil nationalization went underway in Iran,” Rayeesi said at the 76th session of the UN General Assembly.
“Despite the fact that the Islamic Republic was keen from the outset to purchase and import COVID-19 vaccines from reliable international sources, it faced inhumane medical sanctions. Sanctions, especially sanctions on medicine at the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, are crimes against humanity,” he noted.
The Iranian president said Tehran has been adhering to its nuclear commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) while Washington violated the 2015 landmark accord, stressing that the US so-called maximum pressure campaign against Iran has failed.
“Today, the whole world, including the Americans themselves, have admitted that the project of countering the Iranian people, which manifested itself in the form of violating the JCPOA and was followed by the “maximum pressure” and arbitrary withdrawal from an internationally recognized agreement, has totally failed,” Rayeesi said.
“We want nothing more than what is rightfully ours. We demand the implementation of international rules. All parties must stay true to the nuclear deal and the UN Resolution in practice,” he added.
The Iranian president underlined that 15 reports released by the International Atomic Energy Agency have attested to the adherence of Iran to its commitments, however, the US has not yet discharged its obligation, which is lifting sanctions.
Rayeesi said Iran has “no trust in US promises”, and wants all anti-Tehran sanctions to be removed at once, noting that the Islamic Republic considers the nuclear talks useful only when their ultimate outcome is the lifting of all unilateral sanctions.
Rayeesi told the UN General Assembly in another part of his speech that “this year, two scenes made history: one was on January 6 when the US congress was attacked by the people and, two, when the people of Afghanistan were dropped down from the US planes in August. From the Capitol to Kabul, one clear message was sent to the world: the US hegemonic system has no credibility, whether inside or outside the country”.
“What is seen in our region today proves that not only the hegemonist and the idea of hegemony, but also the project of imposing Westernized identity have failed miserably. The result of seeking hegemony has been blood-spilling and instability and, ultimately, defeat and escape. Today, the US does not get to exit Iraq and Afghanistan but is expelled,” he said.
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Tuesday that Tehran and the Group 4+1 (China, Russia, Britain and France plus Germany) will resume nuclear deal talks in Vienna within the next few weeks.
“As previously emphasized, the Vienna talks will resume soon and in the next few weeks, and the G4+1 has been informed of it,” Khatibzadeh said.
He, meantime, said that the nuclear deal and the Vienna talks will be one of the main topics of bilateral meetings between the Iranian foreign minister and EU foreign policy chief Joseph Borrell and the G4+1 foreign ministers who are present in New York for the UN General Assembly meeting.
“But there is no pre-arranged [multilateral] meeting between the Iranian and G4+1 foreign ministers, while based on our information not all G4+1 foreign ministers are present in New York,” Khatibzadeh said.
Khatibzadeh had earlier today said that no collective meeting is scheduled between representatives of the country attending the UN General Assembly meeting in New York and their Group 4+1 counterparts.
Khatibzadeh’s comments came after French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Monday that world powers and Iran were likely to meet on the sidelines of the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations later this week.
The spokesman dismissed any such multilateral meeting between the Iranian foreign minister and his G4+1 counterparts, though he said Hossein Amir-Abdollahian will discuss the nuclear deal in bilateral meetings with counterparts.
“Other foreign ministers have also already expressed this interest, and the nuclear deal will be one of the topics of our discussions with [individual] foreign ministers of the G4+1 who are in New York, but no meeting between Iran and the G4+1 is on agenda in New York,” Khatibzadeh said.
Iran and the other five remaining parties to the nuclear deal signed between Tehran and world powers in 2015, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), that is, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China, have held six rounds of talks in Vienna to salvage the faltering agreement by bringing the US, as the violator of the deal, back into compliance.
In quitting the JCPOA in May 2018, the administration of former US President Donald Trump reinstated the sanctions on Iran that had been lifted under the accord, while mounting pressure on the country with new bans, as the other parties stood by and failed to protect Iran’s contractual benefits.
During his first televised address to the Iranian people, Rayeesi dismissed the idea of holding negotiations over the JCPOA revival under pressure, saying such tactics have never yielded the US and Europe any result.
“Negotiation and dialog have always been and will continue to be part of the instruments that are in the service of diplomacy. We do not balk at negotiation and dialogue,” he said, adding, “But the Americans and the Westerners are after negotiation in conjunction with pressure. This is while negotiations are there to avoid pressure.”