President: Iran Not to Backtrack from Redlines in Vienna Talks
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian President Seyed Ebrahim Rayeesi said on Tuesday that his country is sticking hard to its redlines in the Vienna talks and will not retreat from them.
Tehran will not back down from the redlines that the Leader has drawn in the Vienna talks on the removal of anti-Iran sanctions, Rayeesi said, addressing a meeting of the Assembly of Experts in Tehran.
He also rejected as false the claim that his administration only looks to the East in its foreign policy, stressing that the government seeks to develop relations with all countries and establish a balance in the country's foreign policy.
"In the first step, the government has seriously pursued the lifting of sanctions, and in the second step, it is seeking to get the sanctions removed in a very dignified manner," Rayeesi said.
He also touched upon the issue of New Year's budget bill, and said that "the budget bill for 1401 was prepared with predicting no budget deficit and considering the realization of 8% economic growth, while in previous years, the average economic growth of the country has been less than 1% or 1.04%".
Iran and the remaining parties to the JCPOA -- Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China -- started talks in the Austrian capital of Vienna last April on the assumption that the US, under the Joe Biden administration, is willing to repeal the so-called maximum pressure policy.
Tehran says it will not settle for anything less than the removal of all US sanctions in a verifiable manner. It also wants guarantees that Washington would not abandon the agreement again.
The eighth round of talks between Tehran and the G4+1 group of countries continues in Vienna on the JCPOA revival and removal of sanctions.
Last month, the Iranian legislators issued a statement, calling on the administration of President Rayeesi to adhere to Iran’s red lines as the talks inched forward in Vienna.
They said the US government and its European allies had shown that they were not bound by any agreement over the past few years, so Iran was obliged to learn from the experience and set clear red lines.
The red lines, according to the lawmakers, include guarantees by the United States and the three European signatories of the JCPOA that they would not abandon a potential agreement again and seek recourse to “the snapback mechanism”, which would reinstate the UN Security Council’s sanctions against Iran. They also asserted that all sanctions imposed under “false excuses” had to be removed.
Last week, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said that the hurriedness by the western countries to reach an agreement via the Vienna talks would not make Tehran turn a blind eye to its redlines.
Amir Abdollahian made the remarks in a phone call with European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell.
"We are ready to immediately finalize a good agreement," he said, adding, "But the Western side's rush and haste cannot prevent Iran's redlines from being observed."
The Iranian foreign minister also said that the presence of foreign ministers in Vienna and the announcement of a final agreement would depend on the full observance of the declared redlines of the Islamic Republic, including an effective guarantee that would secure Iran's economic benefits from the JCPOA.
Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani said on Monday that the prospect of reaching an agreement in Vienna talks is still unclear, blaming Washington.
“Prospect of a deal in Vienna talks remains unclear due to Washington's delay in making political decision,” Shamkhani wrote on his twitter page.
“Priority of Iranian negotiators is to resolve remaining issues that are considered in the red line. Rapid access to a strong deal requires new initiatives from all parties,” he added.