US has yet to make ‘political decision’ about reviving JCPOA, Tehran says
Iran says the US and its European allies have yet to make a political decision on some major remaining issues in the Vienna talks on the revival of the 2015 Iran deal.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh made the remarks at a weekly press conference in Tehran on Monday, stressing that the Islamic Republic’s red lines and positions have been made crystal clear to the other sides.
“What we did in [recent] days was that we tried to fully clarify to the Western side the Islamic Republic of Iran’s red lines, logic, and reason, as well as [its stance] on how to resolve these issues,” Khatibzadeh said.
He added, “We are now at a point where we think there isn’t any ambiguity for neither Washington nor Europe about these red lines … We strongly expect the other side not to prolong the talks any further.”
The Iranian diplomat said that Iran’s chief negotiator Ali Bagheri-Kani flew back to Tehran last week for a short break for consultations.
Khatibzadeh went on to highlight that a draft deal has been prepared, which needs to be carefully and thoroughly studied by Iran.
The US unilaterally left the JCPOA in 2018, and re-stored the sanctions that had been lifted under the accord. Washington’s European allies in the deal—France, Germany, and the United Kingdom—have been toeing the sanctions line closely by ending their trade activities with Iran.
The Vienna talks began last April between Iran and the remaining parties to the JCPOA on the assumption that the US, under the Joe Biden administration, is willing to repeal the so-called maximum pressure policy pursued by former president, Donald Trump, against Tehran.
Iran says it won’t settle for anything less than the removal of all US sanctions in a verifiable manner. It also wants guarantees that Washington would not abandon the agreement again.
On February 20, an overwhelming majority of Iranian legislators issued a statement, calling on the administration of President Ebrahim Raeisi to adhere to Iran’s red lines as the talks inched forward in Vienna.