Senior Analyst: US Should Give Iran Guarantees Not to Repeat Past Mistakes
TEHRAN (FNA)- Political Analyst Seyed Mohammad Marandi said that given the upcoming talks between Iran and the world powers Washington should give guarantees that it will not repeat its past mistakes, adding that the US has not made necessary political decisions yet.
Iran has to receive assurances to ensure that the US can no longer easily repeat its past actions, Marandi said in an interview with Al-Araby Al-Jadeed.
Asked if the resumption of talks means that the United States had made its decision on unresolved issues, he said, "No, The Americans have not yet made the necessary decision."
Turning to the remaining unsolved issues in the talks and the fact that EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borell has called them political matters, Marandi stated, "Mr. Borrell tends to call the issue of guarantees and the lifting of sanctions political, but in our view, these are purely legal and technical issues."
"Iran will not allow the Americans to scam, so the issue of guarantees and sanctions must be resolved. If Mr. Borrell considers these to be political, he probably means that the Americans must make a political decision," he added.
"The future of the negotiations depends on US decisions because the Iranian government has proven to be serious," Marandi said.
He stressed that Iran has never abandoned the negotiations.
Marandi referred to Tehran's response to the recent resolution by the UN nuclear watchdog's Board of Governors, and said that Iran has made it clear to the US that Washington's harsh and irrational actions will be met with new responses.
The Americans know that the situation for themselves and the Europeans has become more difficult because of the war in Ukraine, so it is to the Americans' interest to sign the agreement, he added.
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said on Saturday that final deal with the world powers in Vienna talks is possible if the other side reciprocates Iran's seriousness and willingness.
“(I ) Met Josep Borrell in Tehran. Fruitful talks on a range of bilateral, regional and international issues, including the latest on the sanctions lifting negotiations,” Amir Abdollahian wrote on his twitter page after meeting with Borrel in Tehran.
“A final deal is within reach, if other parties have the will to do so. Iran is resolute on reaching a good, strong and durable deal,” he underlined.
In recent months, Iran has cited Washington’s indecisiveness as the reason behind the protraction of the Vienna talks with the world powers, as a number of key issues remain unresolved, ranging from the removal of all post-JCPOA sanctions to the provision of guarantees by the American side that it will not leave the deal again.
In 2019, Iran started its retaliatory remedial measures by reducing its commitments to the 2015 nuclear deal after the European parties to the deal — France, Germany and Britain — failed to fulfill their commitments to Tehran by confronting the unilateral US sanctions.
Tehran began to gradually remove a cap set in the JCPOA on its nuclear activities at bi-monthly intervals. At the time, Tehran insisted if the Iranian economy was shielded from sanctions, it would reverse its nuclear decision.
On Saturday, Amir Abdollahian and Borrel confirmed that Tehran and the world powers will resume the Vienna talks on the removal of the US sanctions in coming days.
Amir Abdollahian said that Tehran is ready to resume the stalled talks with the G4+1 countries (China, Russia, Britain and France plus Germany) in Vienna.
He made the remarks on Saturday in a joint press conference with Borrell in Tehran over the removal of the sanctions under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
"We are ready to resume the Vienna talks within the next days," Amir Abdollahian said.
He expressed the hope that the US would "this time" pursue a "realistic and fair approach" and act responsibly.
The Iranian foreign minister said he held "detailed, precise and deep" talks with Borrell on the JCPOA revival negotiations, adding, "We are going to break the stalemate in the Vienna talks and end the tension that has existed in recent days."
Borrell, for his part, said talks on reviving the JCPOA will resume soon in the coming days.
"We are expected to resume talks in the coming days and break the impasse. It has been three months and we need to accelerate the work. I am very happy about the decision that has been made in Tehran and Washington," he said.