Iranian FM: US Should Abandon Contradictory Behavior for Success of Talks
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian called on Washington to stop its contradictory behavior to bring talks out of the current stalemate.
“The Americans on the one hand say they are interested in returning to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), but on the other hand in two phases they imposed two sets of new sanctions against Iranian persons and companies, which shows how contradictory the US behaviors are, as one of the main obstacles in upcoming negotiations,” Amir Abdollahian said in a phone conversation with his Swiss counterpart Ignazio Cassis on Tuesday.
He added that the Islamic Republic of Iran’s judgment about the US is based on its behaviors.
Amir Abdollahian also said that the negotiations to terminate the anti-Iran sanctions will start in Vienna as of next week, emphasizing that Iran is ready for a good, immediate and serious agreements, but meanwhile the contradictory US behaviors generate mistrust.
During the phone talks, the two sides focused on bilateral issues, the Vienna negotiations, and certain regional developments.
The Iranian top diplomat referred to Switzerland's important status is Europe, saying that the two countries’ relations are on the right path and that the Swiss Parliament Speaker’s recent visit of Tehran was a turning point in bilateral parliamentary relations.
Amir Abdollahian referred to the efforts made to resolve a part of the problems in the way of Swiss companies’ broader activities in Iran, stressing that the two countries’ comprehensive relations, including in scientific, academic, agriculture, transportation, health and banking fields need to be expanded.
The Iranian foreign minister also announced Iran’s readiness for hosting the next Iran-Switzerland Joint Economic Commission, expressing hope that it will be convened in near future.
Referring to the critical conditions and the prevailing human catastrophe in Yemen, Amir Abdollahian reiterated that the Islamic Republic of Iran will spare no effort aimed at ending the siege of Yemen and the end of war there.
Referring to the status of the region, and Afghanistan, the Iranian foreign minister said that the Islamic Republic of Iran encourages the current caretaker group in Afghanistan to establish an all-encompassing government.
He also expressed concern about the human status there right before the cold season, asking for effective international efforts to take care of the displaced people and refugees.
Cassis, for his part, referred to his visit to Iran on the 100th anniversary of the two countries diplomatic relations, arguing that Iran is a historical and very attractive country.
He said that the two countries’ relations are of great significance; elaborated on the devised economic channel between the two countries, and announced readiness for forwarding humanitarian aids to Afghanistan through Iran.
Cassis also said that his country agrees with Iran on the need for establishment of an all-encompassing government in Afghanistan, appreciating the efforts made by the Islamic Republic of Iran in that respect so far, as well as Iran’s hosting of still more Afghan refugees after the recent developments.
In relevant remarks on Monday, Iran's Lead Negotiator Ali Baqeri Kani underlined the need for Washington to prove commitment to its undertakings based on the nuclear deal.
“The US and the EU must show that they have the political will to implement what they agreed to do in 2015. They must overcome domestic considerations to resolve this,” Baqeri Kani said in an interview with Al-Jazeera network.
He added that the onus is on the US to prove its compliance with the deal as it was the only party who ditched the accord in a unilateral manner.
“It is widely believed that the United States, by withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), breached the deal blatantly and violated UNSC Resolution 2231 flagrantly,” Baqeri Kani said.
He made it clear that Iran has overcome Washington’s “maximum pressure” campaign and will be sitting at the negotiating table on November 29 with “full preparedness, capacity, and total commitment to the JCPOA.”
“That’s why the Americans, while resorting to deception, try to exploit the political and media environment in their own favor. But it is not to their advantage. They should accept reality and abide by all their commitments,” the lead Iranian diplomat noted.
According to Baqeri Kani, Iran continues its nuclear activities legitimately within the framework stipulated in paragraphs 26 and 36 of the JCPOA, which give Iran the right to reciprocate the noncompliance of the other side through legally reducing its own commitments under the accord.
Rejecting calls on Tehran to reverse its nuclear advancements, Baqeri Kani said, “Until the violating and noncompliant party to the deal does not demonstrate, in practice, its commitment to the JCPOA, there is no reason for Iran to abandon its rights and entitlements guaranteed by the deal.”
“Everything is clear and there is nothing ambiguous about the nuclear deal to negotiate,” he added.
In another part of his remarks, Baqeri Kani called on the European parties to the JCPOA – namely France, Britain, and Germany – to demonstrate their abidance by the nuclear deal in action, instead of paying lip service to it, and to put an end to the noncompliance of the United States and its bankrupt policy of maximum pressure.
Asked whether Iran would discuss its missile program or regional influence after presumably successful conclusion of the Vienna talks, he stressed that only the countries of the region are entitled to make decisions about the issues of the region.
The revival of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has been on the agenda of high-profile negotiations between Iran and the remaining signatories, known as the G4+1 group (Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany), in the Austrian capital since April.
The JCPOA was unilaterally abandoned by the US in 2018, when former US President Donald Trump decided to implement a “maximum pressure” policy against Tehran.
US President Joe Biden promised to reverse Trump’s own reversing of his predecessor Barack Obama’s decision to sign on to the JCPOA. The Biden administration also argued on the sidelines of the Vienna talks that Tehran and Washington should mutually return to their commitments under the agreement.
Iran, however, has insisted that the US, as the party that initially violated the pact by its 2018 withdrawal, needs to fully honor its commitments first, after which Tehran will halt its nuclear energy activities that go beyond the limits set by the JCPOA.
Iran and the G4+1 are due to hold the new round of their talks in Vienna on November 29.