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2022-May-14  16:44

Iranian FM: US Decision to Adhere to Undertakings Needed for Agreement in Vienna

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said that agreement between Tehran and the world powers in Vienna is possible if Washington makes the necessary decisions and revives commitment to its undertakings.

Amir Abdollahian wrote on his twitter page on Friday that his contacts with EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell as well as talks between Borrell's deputy Enrique Mora and senior Iranian negotiator Ali Baqeri Kani in Tehran this week provided "another opportunity to focus on initiatives to resolve the remaining issues".

"A good and reliable outcome is within reach if US makes its decision and adheres to its commitments," he said.

Mora launched his two-day visit to Tehran on Wednesday and met the chief Iranian negotiator to the Vienna talks with the five remaining parties to the 2015 deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), on efforts to salvage the deal, which has been on life support since the US withdrawal in 2018 and its subsequent coercive measures against the Islamic Republic.

Several rounds of negotiations between Iran and the P4+1 group of countries – Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia – have been held in the Austrian capital since April 2021 to bring Washington back into the deal. The Vienna talks, however, exclude American diplomats due to their country’s withdrawal.

Talks have been on hold since March as the US insists on its refusal to undo its past wrongs, including removing Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) from its foreign terrorist organization list.

Iran maintains that IRGC’s designation in 2019 was part of former president Donald Trump administration’s so-called maximum pressure campaign against Iran, and therefore, it has to be reversed unconditionally.

The Joe Biden administration disagrees, even though it has admitted on countless occasions that Trump’s maximum pressure policy has been a disastrous failure. It has retained the IRGC’s designation and the economic sanctions as leverage in the talks.

Borrell on Friday expressed hope that the stalled talks over the JCPOA revival and the removal of sanctions against Iran could lead to a final agreement, saying that he believed there had been enough progress during Mora's consultations with Iranian officials in Tehran this week to re-launch the talks after two months of deadlock.

He told reporters at a G7 foreign ministers' meeting in Northern Germany that Iran's response had been "positive enough" after Mora had delivered a message that things could not continue as they were.

"These kind of things cannot be solved overnight, but let’s say the negotiations were blocked and they have been deblocked,” he said, emphasizing that "there is a perspective of reaching agreement".

"It has gone better than expected - the negotiations were stalled, and now they have been reopened."

Also, Mora said on Friday that he has been retained by the German police at the Frankfurt airport for several hours on return from Teheran without even a single explanation.

Amir Abdollahian said last month that the US current administration should have the courage to correct its predecessor’s mistakes concerning re-imposition of oppressive sanctions against Iran.