Iran Blasts Israel for Meddling in Vienna Talks
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh in a Twitter message blasted the Israeli regime for meddling in the ongoing talks in Vienna on the removal of the unlawful sanctions imposed by the US against Iran.
"As #ViennaTalks advances, Israeli regime shows its true color again, calling for immediate halt of negotiations," Kahtibzadeh tweeted in reaction to Tel Aviv regime's interference, specially the Israeli prime minister's call for an immediate halt to the Vienna talks.
"Not surprising. Dialogue is always despised by the regime whose genesis is based on war, tension & terror," the Iranian foreign ministry spokesman added.
He reiterated that Delegates in Vienna won't take instruction from Beit Aghion (the Israeli regime's office).
In relevant remarks on Wednesday, Khatibzadeh warned of attempts by the Israeli regime to poison the Vienna talks and prevent its progress.
"Israeli regime whose existence relies on tension is at it again, trumpeting lies to poison Vienna talks," Khatibzadeh wrote on his twitter page on Wednesday.
He urged the negotiating parties in Vienna not to allow their judgment to be clouded by the Israeli provocations and propaganda.
"All parties in the room now face a test of their independence & political will to carry out the job— irrespective of the fake news designed to destroy prospects for success," the spokesman said.
A seventh round of the talks started in the Austrian capital on Monday.
Right on the eve of the negotiations, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett alleged that the regime "is very worried about the readiness to remove the sanctions".
He claimed that potential removal of the bans would enable "a flow of billions (of dollars) to Iran in exchange for unsatisfactory restrictions in the nuclear realm".
The regime has, meanwhile, been beating the drums of war with Iran by discouraging negotiation and harping on about recourse to “military option.”
In order to supposedly sabotage Iran's peaceful nuclear energy program, Tel Aviv has assassinated as many as seven Iranian nuclear scientists—including Dr. Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, whom it subjected to targeted killing in 2020. Tel Aviv has also targeted Iran's nuclear installations with terrorist crimes on several occasions.
On Tuesday, an anonymous Israeli official was quoted by the regime's Channel 12 as saying that “the killing of Fakhrizadeh a year ago did not brake Iran’s progress as was hoped”.
Therefore, the official added, “there is a huge global Israeli effort — both publicly and behind the scenes — to push for an upgraded agreement as well as simultaneously building a large and significant attack plan”.
On Wednesday, the third day of the talks in Vienna, working groups continued discussions on different topics. Bilateral and multilateral meetings were also held at different levels, according to the Iranian Foreign Ministry.
Former US president Donald Trump left the JCPOA in May 2018 and re-imposed the anti-Iran sanctions that the deal 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.
Following a year of strategic patience, Iran decided to let go of some of the restrictions on its nuclear energy program, resorting to its legal rights under the JCPOA, which grants a party the right to suspend its contractual commitments in case of a non-performance by the other side.
The US administration of President Joe Biden had said it was willing to compensate for Trump’s mistake and rejoin the deal, but it has retained the sanctions as leverage.
Iran says it won’t settle for anything less than the removal of all US bans in a verifiable manner. It also wants guarantees that the US would not abandon the agreement again.