Iran urges US, Europe to adopt constructive, realistic approach in Vienna talks
Iran’s foreign minister says the rapid progress of multilateral negotiations aimed at removing US sanctions requires a “constructive approach” on the part of the European and American sides, stressing that Tehran is perfectly serious in the talks.
“The rapid progress of the talks requires that the European and American sides take a realistic and constructive approach and avoid excessive demands,” Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Saturday.
He made the remarks in a phone conversation with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, as the two sides discussed the future negotiations aimed at sanctions removal and full compliance with the deal, which was unilaterally left by the US in 2018.
Amir-Abdollahian underlined that the US, which wants to return to the nuclear deal, and the three European parties to the agreement – France, Britain, and Germany – need to avoid bringing up demands beyond the accord, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), during the high-profile negotiations.
Iran will pursue its demands vigorously in future talks, he said, according to a readout of the conversation published by Iran’s Foreign Ministry.
However, he made it clear that the Islamic Republic of Iran is perfectly serious in the talks while taking into account the course of the negotiations up until now.
“There should be no doubt about the seriousness of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the talks and the need for all parties to return to their commitments,” Amir-Abdollahian emphasized.
Iran and the remaining parties to the JCPOA – France, Britain, Germany, Russia, and China – began negotiations earlier this year, after the US administration of Joe Biden expressed willingness to rejoin the accord and end the so-called maximum pressure imposed by his predecessor, Donald Trump, on the Iranian nation.
The talks have been stalled since Iran’s presidential election in June. Tehran says the US has to offer guarantees that it will not abandon the JCPOA again in order to ensure the success of the Vienna talks. So far, the Biden administration has failed to offer any assurances.
"The US President, lacking authority, is not ready to give guarantees. If the current state of affairs persists, the result of negotiations is already clear,” Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani warned in a tweet on Wednesday.