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IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

US keeps proffering excessive demands in Vienna talks

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Mar 11, 2022

Tehran, IRNA -- The United States, which is still dragging its feet to take political decisions on lifting anti-Iran sanctions and reviving the 2015 nuclear deal, resorts to media hype with the aim of putting forward non-nuclear demands irrelevant to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in the Vienna talks.

As the talks in Vienna have gone ahead and reached critical stages, there are still important issues on the table to be solved, but the US hesitates to take political decisions and utilizes propaganda campaign to put the blame of slow pace of the negotiations on the Islamic Republic.

While Iran's top nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani actively continues diplomatic meetings. He met with Enrique Mora, coordinator of the European Union in the Vienna talks, twice at Palais Coburg on Thursday.

Negotiators from European trio (Britain, France and Germany), who left Vienna for their capitals, have not yet returned to Austria after one week.

In contrary to certain claims, there are some differences among negotiating teams, which seem to be related to lifting anti-Iran sanctions.

Ned Price, Spokesperson for the United States Department of State, addressed reporters, saying that remarkable progress has been made in the Vienna talks and a potential deal is still close to reach, but there are a few unresolved issues.

He resorted to unfounded deadline policy, alleging that the time to reach an agreement is short, because of Iran's recent nuclear achievements.

Jen Psaki, White House Press Secretary, has said that for a while a Vienna agreement is close, and that end of negotiations is always hard and challenging.

Given the fact that the US withdrew from the JCPOA in 2018, it is expected to show seriousness for returning to the deal, but both American officials tried to put the blame of delay in reaching consensus in the Vienna talks on Iran's shoulder.

The White House has even demanded excessive and ultra-JCPOA issues in return for lifting anti-Iran sanctions.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabadollahian has made it clear that new requests from the US have no rational justification and is in contradiction with the Americans' claim on pursuing immediate agreement in Vienna; so, the main issues and effective removal of sanctions should not be affected by the United States' excessive demands.

Some reporters in Vienna claim that an agreement text has been finalized, while negotiators stressed that some important parts of the text should be discussed yet, noting that the resolution of remaining issues depends on the United States' political decisions.

The eighth round of the Joint Commission meetings of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) kicked off on December 27, 2021.

Representatives from Iran, the European Union and the P4+1 group of countries, including Britain, France, Russia, China plus Germany made efforts to finalize a draft text for a potential Vienna agreement and they are trying to take decisions on certain outstanding issues.

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