Lead Negotiator: Iran Not Relying on West Based on JCPOA Experiences
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Chief Negotiator and Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Baqeri Kani underlined that the US should make the necessary political decisions to prepare the grounds for saving the 2015 nuclear deal, but meantime underscored that Tehran would not rely on Washington and its European allies for solving domestic economic problems.
Bagheri Kani said in an interview with Press TV's Insight program on Saturday that Tehran is a claimant in talks on reviving the 2015 agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as the United States and the European countries have reneged on their commitments under the deal.
"It was the United States and its European allies that should prove their commitment to the agreement and make up for their mistakes as soon as possible," he added.
"As of now, we are the claimant and the other side are the Americans. They are the ones who should show their commitment in practice if they want to return to the JCPOA, as they say, and show their commitment to the agreement and the same goes for the Europeans. It is the Europeans who proved their non-adherence to our nation through various excuses during the period when the US withdrew from the JCPOA," the deputy foreign minsiter continued.
The senior diplomat went on to say the experience of the JCPOA has taught Iran not to rely on foreigners and move forward on its own without waiting for the deal to achieve its goals.
Bagheri Kani added the US and its European allies have proved so far that when it comes to their interests, they don't "honor their promises" and pay no attention to moral principles.
Iran has always adhered to its commitments within the framework of the JCPOA and expects the other parties to the deal to adhere to their commitments as well, he continued.
Bagheri Kani stated Iran will not be indifferent to the other parties' non-compliance but will not disrupt the process of reviving the agreement either. He also noted Tehran is still seriously following the sanctions-removal talks and hopes the efforts will bear fruit.
Tehran and the five remaining parties to the nuclear deal have held several rounds of negotiations since April 2021 to restore the agreement, which was unilaterally abandoned by former President Donald Trump in May 2018.
The talks remain stalled since August 2022, as Washington continues to insist on its hard-nosed position of not removing all sanctions that were slapped on Tehran by the previous US administration.
Iran stresses it has not quit the negotiating table with the world powers, but will not put all its eggs in the negotiation basket and will not wait for the United States to return to its commitments under the 2015 agreement. Iranian officials stress Tehran has maintained its constructive attitude towards a good, strong and lasting agreement on the revival of the accord and arriving at a deal requires the US pragmatic attitude.
Tehran says it will not be able to trust Washington as long as President Joe Biden continues the wrong policy of maximum pressure and sanctions practiced by Trump against Iran. Iranian officials say the Biden administration has yet done nothing but hollow promises to lift sanctions against Tehran. They blast the US addiction to sanctions, and slammed the POTUS for continuing his predecessor's policy on Iran.
In quitting the agreement, Trump restored sanctions on Iran as part of what he called the “maximum pressure” campaign against the country. Those sanctions are being enforced to this day by the Biden administration, even though it has repeatedly acknowledged that the policy has been a mistake and a failure.
Iranian officials say the ball is in the US' court, and the Biden administration should assure Tehran that it will not repeat Trump's past mistakes.
Diplomats have also criticized Washington for raising excessive demands from Tehran during the nuclear talks, and blocking efforts to reach an agreement on the JCPOA. They emphasized that the US should lift unilateral sanctions, and assure Iran that it will not repeat its past mistakes.
Officials say although some progress has been made, there are still outstanding issues that need to be resolved before a final deal could be attained. They warn that Tehran has its own "Plan B" and it will go into effect if Washington fails to make a political decision to revive the 2015 agreement.