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2021-September-22  17:08

Iran, Austria Discuss N. Deal in Vienna

TEHRAN (FNA)- High-ranking Iranian and Austrian officials in a meeting in Vienna conferred on ways to broaden bilateral ties between the two countries as well as the latest developments related to the nuclear deal.

The meeting was held between Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) and Secretary-General of Austria's Foreign Ministry Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal on the sidelines of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Conference in Vienna.

Iranian Ambassador to Vienna Abbas Baqerpour Ardakani wrote on his twitter page that Eslami held a meeting with Launsky-Tieffenthal.

Iran’s representative to the IAEA and the spokesman for the AEOI Behrouz Kamalvandi were also present in the meeting.

According to the Iranian ambassador to Austria, Eslami and the Austrian official praised age-old bilateral relations between the two countries, and underlined their shared interests in the expansion of those ties. 

Baqerpour also said that the two sides discussed the latest developments revolving around the Iranian nuclear deal or the JCPOA.

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, Iranian President Seyed Ebrahim 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.”