Iran, EU to Hold "Result-Oriented" Talks in Brussels
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister and top negotiator Ali Baqeri Kani underlined that his meeting in Brussels on Wednesday with EU Deputy Secretary General Enrique Mora will be aimed at result-oriented talks.
“Will meet JC Coordinator in Brussels on Wednesday to continue our talks on result-oriented negotiations,” Baqeri Kani wrote on his twitter page on Monday.
The two officials will discuss the continuation of talks, several rounds of which were held earlier this year to bring back Washington into compliance with the accord, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), after the US administration unilaterally quit the deal in 2018.
In another tweet the same day, Baqeri Kani said the Islamic Republic is determined to engage in negotiations that “would remove unlawful and cruel sanctions in a full & effective manner.”
He added that such talks must also “secure normalization of trade and economic relations with Iran and provide credible guarantee for no further reneging.”
The US sanctions have had an adverse impact on the Islamic Republic’s relations with several countries, including European ones.
The European Union foreign policy chief, Joseph Borrell, has said Iran should reap the economic benefits of the JCPOA in exchange for restrictions on its nuclear work.
In a third tweet, Iran's top negotiator warned against the continuation of the failed maximum pressure policy against Iran, which started under the Trump administration, saying it would only further complicate negotiations.
"The continuation of the failed maximum pressure policy definitely will not remove any obstacle in 'negotiation to remove illegal and cruel sanctions', rather will add more to already existing negotiations’ complexities," Baqeri Kani tweeted.
He also reflected on "the real readiness" of the JCPOA parties to fulfill their commitments in another tweet, noting that the main question to be addressed before restarting talks is to see “if our partners are genuinely ready to fulfill their commitments [under the JCPOA]”.
He added that one step that should be taken by other JCPOA partners to address this question is to call out the non-participant violator (which in this case is the US) to divorce from its past malign policies.
Meanwhile, a spokesman for the EU confirmed on Monday that the bloc's top negotiator would meet his Iranian counterpart this week in Brussels for talks on restarting negotiations over the sanctions removal.
Former US president Donald Trump left the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in May 2018 and re-imposed the anti-Iran sanctions that the agreement had lifted. He also placed additional sanctions on Iran under other pretexts not related to the nuclear case as part of his “maximum pressure” campaign.
Its European allies in the agreement bowed down to the American pressure and started to toe the sanctions line as closely as possible.
In early April, Iran and the remaining parties to the JCPOA began to hold talks in Vienna, Austria, after the US administration of Joe Biden voiced willingness to rejoin the nuclear agreement and remove the draconian sanctions his predecessor slapped on the Islamic Republic.
While disagreements on key issues persisted, the participants took a break from the talks after Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi emerged victorious in Iran’s June presidential election, and waited for Iran’s democratic transition to take place to continue the talks.
The scope of the sanctions removal and the need for the US to guarantee that it would not ditch the JCPOA again are among the key issues not settled during the administration of former Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
In recent weeks, there has been mounting pressure on Tehran to return to the negotiating table. The Rayeesi administration has announced on several occasions that it will resume the talks only to remove all of the United States’ illegal sanctions and that it will not take part in negotiations for the sake of negotiations.