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2021-December-6  16:39

Spokesman: Iran Expects Specific Proposals by World Powers in Next Round of Vienna Talks

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that his country has presented its proposed drafts to the Group 4+1 (Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany) in Vienna and expects the other side to come to the next round of talks with specific proposals.

“The next round (of Vienna talks) will start at the end of this week and the exact date for the talks will be finalized soon in a (phone) conversation between (Iran’s top negotiator Ali) Baqeri (Kani) and (EU Deputy Foreign Policy Chief Enrique) Mora,” Khatibzadeh told reporters in a press conference in Tehran on Monday.

“It is important that the other side, like Iran, comes up with specific proposals. What we have (proposed) can certainly be negotiated and examined, but it is a misconception that the other side only makes media statements and thinks that it can play a blame game and influence the thoughts of Iranian decision-makers and elites with this game,” he added.

“We know what we want in Vienna and what we want is completely within the framework of the nuclear deal. The other side did not find any problems in the Iranian texts and said that it should be studied,” Khatibzadeh said.

He also dismissed that any step-by-step plan or an interim agreement has been raised in Vienna talks.

Iran has entered talks with “serious will” for sanctions removal, he added, saying, "We are not in a hurry and we do not allow anyone to waste our time and energy."

In reaction to the recent remarks by Zionist regime's Prime Minister Naftali Bennett about Iran's nuclear program, Khatibzadeh said, "The Zionist regime opposes any dialogue in the region, and it is constantly seeking to create fake and artificial issues in international affairs."

Diplomats from Iran and the G4+1 countries gathered in Vienna on Monday for the seventh time, after a hiatus in the talks because of presidential election in Iran. Five days of intensive talks ended on Friday after the sides returned to the capitals for more consultations.

Baqeri Kani announced Thursday that Iran has submitted two proposed drafts to the other parties concerning the removal of sanctions and Tehran’s nuclear commitments, and is about to put forward a third draft. 

The website of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) said on Friday that the Europeans’ lack of initiative in the face of the Iranian team’s “groundbreaking” proposals is dragging down negotiations in Vienna.

Iran's top security body quoted Baqeri Kani as saying, "The first document sums up the Islamic Republic's point of view concerning the removal of sanctions, while the second is about Iran's nuclear actions."

"In the third document to be presented to the other parties, Iran will state its views and proposals with regard to the verification period of removing sanctions," he added.

The top Iranian negotiator also told reporters before his departure that the country's new delegation to this round of talks was comprised of economic, financial and banking experts and officials, which "showed the Islamic Republic's determination to enter the negotiations with the purpose of achieving an agreement."

Speaking to reporters on Friday before leaving the Austrian capital for Tehran, Iran’s lead negotiator said the G4+1 group of countries has been given the chance to consult with their capitals on the Islamic Republic’s two proposed drafts, underlining that Tehran expects a “reasonable, documented and rational” response.

"It was emphasized that the proposals of the Islamic Republic of Iran on the removal of illegal and oppressive sanctions and the nuclear issue are on the table," Baqeri Kani said.

"Since the opposite side needed to consult with their capitals to provide a documented and reasonable response to these proposals, it suggested that the talks be suspended for a few days."

The senior Iranian diplomat noted that a new round of negotiations between the two sides would resume in the middle of next week.

The (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) JCPOA was abandoned by former US President Donald Trump in May 2018. Trump then targeted Iran’s economy with what he called the “maximum pressure” campaign, but he failed to compel Iran to negotiate a “new deal”.

Iran and the five remaining parties to the JCPOA, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China, began the talks in the Austrian capital in April with the aim of removing Washington’s unlawful sanctions against the Islamic Republic after the US voiced interest to return to the agreement.