FM: US Practical Measures, Not Conflicting Signals Important to Iran
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said that Washington should show its good will in practice to Iran, adding that contradictory signals are not considered by Tehran.
“We said this clearly that we will use the Americans’ practical behavior as the basis of our judgment,” Amir Abdollahian told Iranian reporters on Saturday before leaving New York for Tehran.
“The Americans’ contradictory signals that are relayed to us through media or diplomatic channels do not serve as the bases of our final decision-making [process],” he added.
The foreign minister said Iran’s behavior was governed by “wisdom and logic”, reiterating remarks that he had made on various occasions during his stay too.
“While the (American) decision-makers’ and the White House’s behavior has come to be governed by some rashness and illogicality,” he added. The official cited the US recent actions concerning Afghanistan as a case in point for the US “wrong and inefficient” policies.
He had just concluded a four-day stay New York city, to which he had travelled to attend the UN General Assembly’s 76th Session.
The stay featured his sitting down with around 50 officials from various countries and attending several important conferences. He reiterated how he used the opportunity to outline the new Iranian Administration’s foreign policy.
Amir Abdollahian separately noted that his talks with world officials had featured a primary focus on economic and commercial cooperation with various countries.
He predicted that the country would witness some positive developments in the area in “the not-too-distant future”.
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.”
Amir Abdollahian had on Friday night 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 heads of the US think-tanks.
“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.