Iran FM Calls for Removal of All Unlawful Sanctions
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian in a telephone conversation with European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell called for the removal of the all illegal sanctions imposed by the US against Iran.
During the phone call on Friday, Amir Abdollahian appreciated the efforts made by Borrell and his colleagues, and said that the West needs to focus on removing the sanctions imposed by the US against Iran.
The Iranian foreign minister said that Iran has joined the Vienna talks with good-will, adding that any negotiation or action will be aimed at lifting anti-JCPOA sanctions.
He stressed Iran’s compliance with establishing cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), saying in addition to Iran's lead negotiator Ali Baqeri Kani’s negotiations, other Iranian experts are negotiating with Group 4+1 (Russia, China, France and Britain plus Germany) within the framework of a committee to end sanction and another one dealing with nuclear issues.
"Despite the US disloyalty and E3 inaction, Iran has attended Vienna talks with good-will," Amir Abdollahian said.
The Iranian foreign minister went on to say that the Iranian team has clear, practical and tangible plans and initiatives for each step.
Borrell, for his part, hailed the seriousness of the negotiating delegations from Iran, Germany, Russia, France, China and the UK.
He called on all parties to show flexibility in remaining course of negotiations and expressed satisfaction over resumption of negotiations.
Iran's lead negotiator Ali Baqeri Kani announced that the Islamic Republic has called for the verifiable removal of sanctions and guarantees that the US will not commit further violations.
He pointed out that the ball is now in the US court.
Following talks with EU coordinator Enrique Mora on Thursday, Baqeri Kani also met the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Rafael Mariano Grossi, expressing Iran’s intention to continue its close cooperation with the IAEA and to remain actively engaged in the Vienna talks.
Iran’s lead negotiator said he has warned other participants not to allow outside players to negatively influence or obstruct the process of talks, saying his team is serious about reaching an agreement and is ready to continue the negotiations.
The European diplomats participating in talks with Iran in Vienna talks were surprised on Thursday by the Iranian negotiating team’s initiative and pragmatic proposals on removal of sanctions.
European diplomats participating in Vienna talks, planned to pursue their own agenda and push Iran to a corner.
Despite the fact that the first phase of the seventh round of nuclear negotiations among the G4+1 group (Britain, France, Russia, China plus Germany), Iran and the European Union kicked off in a positive atmosphere, some parties try to follow up political and propaganda campaign under the pressure of the US.
Reports say that the European negotiating teams, who meant to pursue their own agenda and push Iran to a corner, did not expect to face a documented initiative by the new Iranian negotiators on lifting sanctions and practical propositions for an agreement to resolve disputes over the nuclear and sanctions issues.
Certain European teams are said to be calling for the finalizing of the negotiations in the first phase of the seventh round in order to find a strategy against the Iranian initiative and to affect Iran’s economy and internal affairs.
On the other hand, the Iranian delegation underlined during experts talks that they are ready to continue talks as long as needed.
Therefore, media connected to European delegations have exacerbated propaganda campaign in a bid to push the Iranian team into the trap of rushing for a consensus.
However, the negotiating teams in Vienna have officially announced that the negotiations will continue to pave the way for a conclusion, which should be acceptable in the eyes of all parties.
Iranian officials have declared that Tehran is determined to reach a fair agreement, which guarantees Iran’s nuclear and economic rights.
Envoys from Iran and the G4+1 group of countries began on Monday the seventh round of talks in Vienna after a five-month pause caused by Iran’s presidential election and the formation of a new administration in the country.
The following day, they participated in expert-level meetings of the working group formed to separately deal with the removal of US sanctions against Iran.
On Wednesday, the third day of the talks, 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.