Iran slams US newspaper over ‘ignorant, hostile’ article about Vienna talks

2022-01-08 14:51:16
Iran slams US newspaper over ‘ignorant, hostile’ article about Vienna talks

Iran has strongly condemned the US newspaper The Wall Street Journal over publication of an “ignorant and hostile” commentary in the wake of intense negotiations between Tehran and the remaining parties to the 2015 deal in the Austrian capital of Vienna.

Iran’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations stressed that the newspaper’s encouragement for an act of military aggression against Iranian civilian nuclear facilities whilst negotiations are underway with the goal of removing illegal US sanctions imposed on Tehran is “in contravention of the principles of international law.”

“Those who design and implement such reckless plans will bear responsibilities for consequences,” the mission post published on its Twitter page.

The Wall Street Journal had proposed in an opinion piece dated January 6 that US President Joe Biden should prepare for a military strike against Iranian nuclear sites if the ongoing talks in Vienna fail.

This is while Iran and the remaining signatories to the 2015 deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), resumed talks in Vienna on Monday after the parties took a three-day break for the New Year.

The eighth round of the Vienna talks began on December 27 with a focus on the removal of all US sanctions. The US is not allowed to directly attend the talks due to its pullout in 2018 from the Iran deal.

Iran and the five remaining signatories to the JCPOA — Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China — resumed talks in Vienna on Monday after the parties took a three-day break for the New Year.

The eighth round of the Vienna talks began on December 27 with a focus on the removal of all US sanctions. The US is not allowed to directly attend the talks due to its pullout in 2018 from the landmark deal with Iran.

During the previous round of the talks, the first under Iran’s new President Ebrahim Raeisi, Iran presented new proposals at the negotiating table to help the talks move forward and later criticized the European signatories of the JCPOA for failing to follow suit and remaining passive.

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