‘Good deal’ possible with ‘serious, positive’ approach to upcoming JCPAO talks, says Iran’s Foreign Minister
Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said the Islamic Republic and the remaining parties to the 2015 nuclear deal can reach a “good agreement in a short time” only in case of a “serious and positive” approach to the talks planned to start in the Austrian capital of Vienna later this month.
Amir Abdollahian said, “I believe that if the opposite sides enter the Vienna talks with a serious and positive approach, it will be possible to achieve a good agreement in a short time.”
“The Islamic Republic has no intention to be locked in the stalemate remaining from the previous negotiations,” he said, urging for “effective and verifiable removal of (US) sanctions and the return of the opposite sides to their full obligations” as the necessary steps for the progress of the talks.
The Islamic Republic and the remaining parties to the 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), are set to meet in the Austrian capital of Vienna on November 29 to resume the negotiations which were paused in June due to Iran’s presidential election and the subsequent alteration in the administration.
Amirabdollahian emphasized that achieving a good agreement calls for the “effective and verifiable removal of sanctions and the return of the opposite sides to their full obligations” as per the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Washington’s behaviour in imposing new sanctions against Iran has made providing “objective guarantees” an unavoidable necessity, he said, referring to the Iranian officials’ persistence for the guarantees that the next US administrations will not repeat the legacy of former President Donald Trump by withdrawing from the deal and re-imposing sanctions against Tehran.
Amir Abdollahian also pointed to the recent European tour of Iran’s nuclear negotiator Ali Baqheri Kani, saying that he has had “explicit and useful” talks in a number of European capitals ahead of the scheduled reconvene of the talks.
The JCPOA Joint Commission is scheduled to reconvene in Vienna with the participation of delegates from China, France, Germany, Russia, the UK, and Iran.
The US, which terminated its participation in the agreement in May 2018, is expected to engage in the talks indirectly.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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