FM: Iran Ready for Result-Oriented Talks
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian underlined his country’s balanced foreign policy, saying that Tehran is ready to participate in talks with world powers on the nuclear deal if tangible results are envisaged for them to secure the Iranian nation’s rights.
“Although the new government has prioritized relations with neighbors and Asian countries, it will keep the balance in its foreign policy,” Amir Abdollahian said, addressing a group of American researchers, academics and head of the US think-tanks in New York on Friday night.
“Despite the disloyalties shown by the US about the nuclear deal, which has continued since the Obama administration took power until now, the Islamic Republic of Iran has been committed to diplomacy based on its principles and is ready for result-oriented talks which secure the Iranian people’s interests and rights,” he added.
Amir Abdollahian had also in a meeting with his French counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian in New York on Friday cast doubt about seriousness of US President Joe Biden administration's decision to return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
During the meeting on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) meeting in New York, Amir Abdollahian said that Iran's new administration is "pragmatic" and considers negotiations as an important tool of diplomacy.
The Iranian foreign minister expressed his regret over non-compliance of the United States and three European countries involved in nuclear talks, including France, the UK and Germany to live up to their obligations under JCPOA.
He reiterated that practical and tangible results for Iranian people are of paramount importance with regards to returning to JCPOA talks.
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.”