Senior Cleric: Iran Merely Accepts Removal of All Sanctions
TEHRAN (FNA)- Tehran's provisional Friday Prayers Leader Ayatollah Seyed Ahmad Khatami underlined that the Iranian people will only accept the lifting of all unlawful sanctions imposed by the US government against Iran.
Addressing a congregation of people at Tehran's Imam Khomeini Grand Mosalla (congregational prayers site), Ayatolallah Khatami said, "Iranian nation will accept nothing but removal of all cruel and oppressive sanctions imposed against the country."
Referring to holding of new round of Vienna talks to remove the unlawful sanctions imposed between Iran and the Group 4 + 1 ( Russia, China, the UK and France plus Germany), the senior cleric said that an experienced delegation went to Vienna for nuclear talks and this delegation expressed its positions explicitly.
Ayatollah Khatami went on to say that Iranian delegation also demonstrated their anti-American positions in nuclear talks both in terms of promises and in practice clearly.
In relevant remarks last week, Tehran's Provisional Friday Prayers leader Hojjatoleslam Seyed Mohammad Hassan Aboutorabifard called on the European leaders not to sacrifice the interests of their nations for the sake of the illegitimate interests of the US and Israel.
During this week's Friday Prayers on the campus of the University of Tehran, Hojatoleslam Aboutorabi Fard touched on the new round of nuclear talks between Iran and Group 4+ 1 in Vienna, Austria.
He called on the leaders of the European countries not to sacrifice the interests of the European nations to the illegitimate interests of the "United States and the Zionist regime".
"The interests of European nations are tied to the interests of Asia, specially West Asia, and today it is the Islamic Republic of Iran that has the authority to guard this security. If it were not for the authority of the Resistance, Europe would be exposed to severe insecurity today, and it was the authority of Islamic Iran and the Resistance that defeated the ISIL," the senior cleric added.
He pointed out that today, it is known to everyone that the policies of the United States in the West Asian region have been failed.
"Given the tremendous amount of contradictions and conflicts in US strategic plans, the inability of the Pentagon and US military apparatus to suppress popular movements in the world, we are witnessing a decline in US soft power," he further said.
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.