Before the resumption of the Vienna negotiations, Iran confirms that it will not bargain for the lifting of sanctions

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said that part of Tehran’s demands to lift sanctions had not been dealt with in the negotiations, ahead of the resumption of the Vienna negotiations expected on Tuesday.

The Iranian Foreign Minister added, during his meeting with his Finnish counterpart Pekka Haavisto in Tehran, that he hopes to move closer during this round of negotiations to achieving an agreement in Vienna, which is related to the decision of the European Union and the United States of America, stressing that Tehran will not bargain for the lifting of sanctions.

Iran and the powers affiliated with the 2015 agreement (France, Britain, Germany, Russia and China) are holding talks to revive the agreement, which the United States unilaterally withdrew from in 2018. Washington participates indirectly in the talks.

The talks aim to return Washington to the agreement and lift the sanctions it imposed on Tehran after the withdrawal, in exchange for the latter’s return to respecting its nuclear commitments, which gradually began to retreat from most of them after Washington withdrew from the agreement.

Comment and consult

The eighth round of talks was suspended in late January, due to the delegations’ return to their capitals to consult, with a stage requiring “political decisions”.

And earlier today, Monday, the European Union, which is coordinating the talks, announced that the current round would be completed from Tuesday.

“The eighth round of the Vienna talks (…), which will be attended by China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, Iran and the United States, will continue tomorrow in Vienna,” Union spokesman Alan Matton wrote on Twitter.

For his part, the European coordinator in the Iranian nuclear talks, Enrique Mora, said that the eighth round of the Vienna negotiations needed concessions to reach the full implementation of the nuclear agreement.

The European coordinator stressed the need for a spirit of compromise to bring all parties back to full implementation, adding that in light of the various undesirable trends, there is a need to conclude the nuclear negotiations quickly, as he put it.

This came shortly after Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh announced that his country’s delegation would return to Austria on Tuesday.

Decisions and hopes

Khatibzadeh said, in a press conference, that the Iranian delegation, which was in Tehran a few days ago for necessary consultations, will leave tomorrow for Vienna, noting that the delegations of other parties will do the same.

He considered that “it is natural for his country to expect that the necessary decisions will be taken from the other side, especially in Washington,” adding, “There are important issues on the agenda that cannot be resolved without political decisions. We hope that statements classified as positive will turn into concrete commitments.” We will be able to conclude a good and reliable agreement in Vienna.”

Tehran stresses the priority of lifting the sanctions of the era after former US President Donald Trump withdrew from the agreement, verifying this in practice, and obtaining guarantees that the US withdrawal will not be repeated.

On the other hand, the United States and the European parties focus on Iran’s return to full respect for its commitments in the agreement.

Khatibzadeh stressed that “the issue of Iran’s economic benefit from lifting sanctions is very important, and it is the red line with regard to lifting sanctions.”

He expressed his hope that the US delegation would return “with clear instructions on how to fulfill its obligations to lift sanctions, in line with the nuclear agreement.”

The agreement allowed the lifting of sanctions on Iran in return for reducing its nuclear activities and ensuring that it did not seek to develop an atomic weapon, which Tehran has always denied.

Part of the Iranian nuclear negotiations at the end of last November (Reuters)

talks and negotiation

The talks began in April, and after a suspension of about 5 months, they resumed in late November, and in the past weeks, negotiators confirmed progress, with several points of disagreement remaining.

Diplomats involved in the talks have previously confirmed that the negotiation has reached the “final stage”, provided that its achievement remains subject to consensus between the two main parties, i.e. Iran and the United States.

In the context of the negotiations, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said that his country will maintain freedom of action with Iran regardless of the outcome of the ongoing nuclear talks in Vienna.

This came in a statement to reporters, according to the official Israeli channel, Kan.

According to the channel, Bennett said that he told US President Joe Biden during a phone call between them on Sunday that Israel would maintain freedom of action on the Iranian nuclear file, regardless of the talks in Vienna between Iran and the major powers, and whether there was an agreement or not.

Bennett described US President Biden as a true friend of Israel.

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