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2022-June-29  19:13

Iranian Gov’t Spokesman: Doha Talks Aimed at Removal of Sanctions

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Government Spokesman Ali Bahadori Jahromi said on Wednesday the country’s participation in talks with the world powers in Doha is just aimed at lifting the cruel sanctions against Tehran.

"Iran has always adopted an active approach and initiatives to get the sanctions removed, and (EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep) Borrell's visit to Iran was in line with that aim," Bahadori Jahromi told reporters in his weekly press conference.

"The continuation of negotiations to resolve the problem of unilateral cruel sanctions was accepted by both sides," he added.

"The Doha trip and Qatar talks are in line with the continuation of negotiations so that Iran, as before, will hold talks directly with the European Union in Doha. We hope that with the passage of the new US administration from the current path, positive and acceptable changes in the process will be achieved," Bahadori Jahromi said.

Since the US withdrawal from the JCPOA, Britain, France, and Germany, the US’s allies in the deal, have been cooperating with Washington’s sanction regime against Iran as closely as possible.

The US left the deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in 2018. It then returned the sanctions that the accord had lifted.

Since last year, Vienna has been hosting many rounds of talks among the JCPOA’s remaining parties to examine the prospect of the deal’s revival.

Representatives of Iran and the world powers have gathered in the Qatari capital of Doha to pick up where they left in the Austrian capital.

The EU is tasked with coordinating indirect negotiations between Iran and the US during the process. Iran does not sit down with the US as it is no longer a party to the deal.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said on Tuesday that agreement in the new round of talks between Tehran and the world powers in Doha is possible if Washington shows resolve and pragmatism, and further underlined that Iran will not cross its redlines at all.

“I believe that if the American side is in possession of serious resolve and acts realistically, an agreement is within reach at this stage and at this round of the negotiations,” Amir Abdollahian said on Tuesday.

“We are serious and would, under no circumstances, cross our redlines,” which have been drawn in line with the objective of “meeting the country’s national interests to the maximum", he underlined.

“The agenda is clear,” Amir Abdollahian said, reiterating that Iran was prepared for the return of all the concerned parties to the 2015 agreement “if this round of the talks is accompanied with realism on the part of the US and the three European states”.