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2022-June-19  13:08

EU's Borrel Calls for Rapid Resumption of Vienna Talks

TEHRAN (FNA)- EU Foreign Policy Chief Joseph Borrel in a phone conversation with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian underlined the necessity for the resumption of Vienna talks between Iran and the world powers on removal of the US sanctions.

During the phone talks, Borrell said he is ready to make necessary efforts to pave the way for a deal in the Vienna talks that would be agreed upon by all sides.

He admitted that Iran is constructively determined to reach a good and lasting deal, saying, “We are not far from a deal in Vienna and time is now to resume the talks swiftly and to make an effort to prevent an escalation.”

Borrel pointed to the latest developments regarding the Iran nuclear deal, JCPOA, and stressed that the only way out of the current situation is pursuit of diplomacy and avoiding unconstructive actions.

Amir Abdollahian, for his part, said Iran has always welcomed logical and result-based talks but it is necessary that the other side quit adopting double standards and contradictory behavior in order to reach a good and lasting deal.

He thanked Borrell for his efforts to forge a deal in Vienna, and criticized the US over its unconstructive and hasty moves to get a resolution approved at the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Board of Governors.

“After the approval of the resolution at the Board of Governors, we showed that we would not retreat from the rights of the Iranian people and if the US wants to continue behaving unconstructively, it will be met with an appropriate response from our side”.

Amir Abdollahian added that we still believe diplomacy is the best and most proper path and solution to the issue.

He noted that the Islamic Republic of Iran has never stayed away from the negotiating table, and for this reason, it has always put forth important initiatives to reach a favorable deal, but the negotiations must bear fruit.

In relevant remarks earlier this month, Amir Abdollahian said that initiatives and ideas put forward by the country's negotiators in the Vienna talks with the world powers were all driven from logical basis.

Tehran “has offered its initiatives and ideas on a logical basis whenever it was treated in a logical way by the other side", Amir Abdollahian said after participation in a hearing session of the Iranian Parliament’s Committee on National Security and Foreign Policy to answer questions about the latest developments surrounding the diplomatic row over Iran’s nuclear program.

“Every time that the opposite side put forth excessive demands during the [Vienna talks], we used the country’s own tools and power, so that they would understand that the interests and welfare of the Iranian nation were important to us and that we will continue our efforts to this end,” Iran’s top diplomat added.

He expressed the hope that the measures meant to get all the negotiating parties to return to the JCPOA, would be taken in such a way that Iran’s power and demands as well as people’s expectations are taken into consideration.

“While emphasizing the need to completely protect the rights of the country in international arena, our people expect us to do so while respecting all the red lines,” Amir Abdollahian said.

Since April last year, the Iranian negotiating team has been involved in marathon talks with the other remaining parties to the JCPOA – Britain, France, Germany, China, and Russia – with the aim of bringing the US back into the deal and destroying its sanctions regime against Tehran.

Under former president Donald Trump, the United States pulled out of the landmark agreement and instigated what it described as the “maximum pressure” campaign of sanctions against the Islamic Republic to reach a “better deal” than the JCPOA.

The Vienna talks have been on hold since March as Washington insists on its refusal to undo its past wrongs through measures such as removing Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) from its list of foreign terrorist organizations.