West trying to force Iran to reduce demands in Vienna Talks
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
Mar 6, 2022
Tehran, IRNA -- The Western parties involved in the Vienna Talks have resorted to putting pressure on Iran by misusing public opinion in order to force the Islamic Republic to give up its legitimate demands, but Tehran has repeatedly declared that final agreement will be out of reach until outstanding issues are not resolved.
The talks in Vienna, Austria, for revival of the 2015 nuclear deal officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and removal of anti-Iran sanctions have entered a critical phase especially for the West to make hard political decisions.
If the Western sides, particularly the US, halt extravagant requests and political games, reaching a good agreement would not be unlikely.
Iran's nuclear negotiating team presided by Ali Bagheri Kani has held several meetings at different levels in recent days in order to help achieve progress in the Vienna Talks to lift anti-Iran sanctions and restore Iranians' rights for free economic exchanges.
Stephanie Al-Qaq wrote on her Twitter account on Friday, "We are close. E3 negotiators leaving Vienna briefly to update Ministers on state of play. Ready to return soon."
Russia's top representative in the Vienna Talks Mikhail Ulyanov told IRNA correspondent on Saturday that there is "a partial pause in the negotiations" in Vienna.
Russia's permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna added that "E3 colleagues decided as far as now to leave Vienna for a short period of time."
"Apparently, they don't see any place at negotiations for them at this late stage. They believe that they have done their job and their presence here is not necessary while others Iran, Russia, China, US are trying to finalize deliberations on issues of interest for them."
Representatives from Iran, the European Union and the P4+1 group (Britain, France, Russia, China plus Germany) hold the eighth round of the Joint Commission meetings of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in Vienna, Austria, to review the 2015 nuclear deal and lift anti-Iran sanctions. The US representatives are not participating in the Vienna Talks directly due to their country's withdrawal from the signatories to the JCPOA in May 2018.
The Western countries have attempted to set deadlines and imply that the time is ticking out for Iran with the aim of putting pressure on the Iranian negotiating team to push them give up their demands, but the Islamic Republic has time and again emphasized that it will not step back even one inch of its redlines.
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian has recently said in a phone call with Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, that the Islamic Republic is determined not to deviate from its own redlines; however, Iran wants a good deal in line with its national interests.
Meanwhile, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi traveled to Tehran and discussed technical cooperation and an alleged case with Iranian authorities.
Sergei Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister, said on Saturday, "We need a guarantee that these sanctions will not in any way touch the regime of trade-economic and investment relations which is laid down in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action."
Reuters quoted an American official on condition of anonymity on Saturday that new US sanctions on Russia are about Russians' attack on Ukraine and they are not related to the JCPOA, so they should not have any impact on potential revival of the nuclear deal.
The eighth round of the Joint Commission meetings of the JCPOA kicked off in Vienna on December 27, 2021. Delegations are busy to finalize a draft text to revive the nuclear deal and lift anti-Iran sanctions.
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