No Initiative Presented by West during Vienna Talks with Iran
TEHRAN (FNA)- The western side should be blamed for the slow pace of talks with Iran in Vienna on removal of sanctions due to the former's inaction in presenting initiatives, a report said.
Nour News website, affiliated to Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), reported that the joint sessions between the Iranian negotiating team and the European sides have increased in number, but the other side does not present any initiatives.
It added that over the past week, at least one session has taken place every day on the level of delegation heads with the European sides and the remaining issues have been discussed in detail in accordance with the new draft agreement.
What is more, despite some media agitation, the two sides are exchanging messages every day and in a continuous manner in a "non-paper" format, and only through Enrique Mora, the European Union's deputy foreign policy chief, who is also the talks' coordinator.
At the same time, some European officials, including French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, have once again made mention of the Vienna talks' slow progress.
Since the beginning of the new negotiations process, the Iranian delegation has partaken in many meetings on various levels, offering resourceful approaches and operational mechanisms in order to try to speed up the course of the talks with the goal of bringing about a good agreement.
In the same context, even some simultaneous meetings have taken place so the remaining issues can be pursued in a parallel manner and at the fastest time possible in order to bring the two sides closer to an agreement.
This is while, amid an ongoing "blame game" and extensive psychological operation on the part of Western media outlets, the European delegations have mainly played a passive role, only expressing their opinion about the plans that have been proposed by Iran and refusing to offer any new ideas or mechanisms towards either reducing or resolving the outstanding issues.
In the meantime, some efforts on the part of the European sides towards revisiting their stances on the (already) resolved matters or their coming up with new demands have contributed to slowing down the process of the talks.
Continual absence of the European troika's senior negotiators and their shake-up of the structure of their negotiating teams have worsened the situation, interrupting the talks and reducing the speed of the negotiations' progress.
However, upon the insistence of the Iranian side, the negotiations are proceeding on a right track and in a professional atmosphere, making it possible for the talks to lead to an agreement in a reasonable time space in case there exists the political will and the decisions are made faster, specially on the part of Washington.
Iran and the G4+1 group of countries – Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China – resumed talks in Vienna on January 3 after the parties took a three-day break for the New Year. The US is not allowed to directly attend the talks due to its pullout in 2018 from the landmark deal with Iran.
The eighth round of the Vienna talks began on December 27 with a focus on the removal of all sanctions that the US imposed on Iran.
During the previous round of the talks, the first under Iran’s new President Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi, Iran presented new proposals at the negotiating table to help the talks move forward and later criticized the European signatories of the JCPOA for failing to follow suit and remaining passive.
One year after Washington’s exit from the deal and the failure of the European signatories to uphold their commitments under pressure from the US, Iran took a set of retaliatory steps away from the deal in several stages in line with its legal contractual rights.
With a new administration in office in the US, Washington says it wants to rejoin the deal, but it has been dragging its feet in removing the sanctions on Iran.
Tehran has been firmly insisting that the US must first remove the sanctions in a verifiable manner, give guarantees that it will not leave the agreement again, and compensate for all the damages inflicted on Iran due to Washington's unlawful pullout.