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Iran Foreign Ministry spox: Delegates in Vienna won't take instructions from Israeli PM

Iran Press TV

Thursday, 02 December 2021 3:28 PM

The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman has lashed out at the latest remarks by the Israeli prime minister, Naftali Bennett, who has urged world powers to immediately stop ongoing talks in the Austrian capital on the removal of Iran sanctions, saying that negotiating delegates do not take orders from Bennett.

Saeed Khatibzadeh made the remarks in a Thursday tweet in which he said Bennett's demand for an immediate halt to negotiations in Vienna revealed the Zionist regime's true color once again.

The Iranian diplomat, however, added that the Israeli prime minister's comments were no surprise as the regime "whose genesis is based on war, tension & terror," has always despised dialogue.

Khatibzadeh then emphasized, "Delegates in Vienna won't take instruction from Beit Aghion," referring to the name of the official residence of the Israeli prime minister.

Earlier in the day, Bennett had alleged in a phone call with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken that "Iran is carrying out nuclear blackmail as a negotiating tactic, and this should be answered by the immediate halt to negotiations and the implementation of tough steps by the world powers."

This came after the Israeli foreign minister's visit to the UK and France earlier this week to ensure that banking sanctions against Iran will stand.

A day earlier, Khatibzadeh had warned that the Israeli regime is trying to come in the way of potential progress in ongoing talks in Vienna that seeks removal of the United States' illegal and inhumane sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

"Israeli regime whose existence relies on tension is at it again, trumpeting lies to poison Vienna talks," Khatibzadeh said in a tweet.

The seventh round of the talks started in the Austrian capital on Monday.

A senior member of Iran's negotiating team has told Press TV that Iran has entered the seventh round of negotiations in Vienna with "clear demands and proposals" and is ready to engage as long as needed, but will not sacrifice the nation's demands and rights for the sake of deadlines.

"The Islamic Republic has come to Vienna with full seriousness and is negotiating with transparent demands and proposals," the source told Press TV on the condition of anonymity on Wednesday.

The country, the source added, "stands prepared to continue intensive talks as long as needed, [but] it will not be ready to sacrifice its principled demands and the Iranian nation's rights for mere artificial deadlines or time tables."



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