Iran’s President Ebrahim Raeisi says the Islamic Republic will not leave the negotiating table, but will not give in to excessive demands that would lead to violation of the Iranian nation’s interests.
Raeisi made the remarks in an address to a gathering in the Iranian city of Semnan on Thursday, held to mark the 42nd anniversary of the Iranian students’ takeover of the US embassy in Tehran, also known as the “Den of Espionage.”
“As Iran has already announced, we will never leave the negotiating table, but will resist excessive demands that would lead to violation of the Iranian nation’s interests,” Iran’s president said.
He reiterated that Iran seeks “result-oriented” negotiations with the aim of removing Washington’s anti-Iran sanctions, which the US reinstated in 2018 after it unilaterally withdrew from the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
“We will never compromise on the rightful demand of the Iranian nation, namely the removal of the cruel [US] sanctions,” Raeisi said.
The remarks come a day after Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Baqeri-Kani announced that the next round of talks on the removal of US sanctions will be held on November 29.
In a statement on Wednesday, the European Union also confirmed the report and said participants will “continue the discussions on the prospect of a possible return of the United States to the JCPOA and how to ensure the full and effective implementation of the agreement by all sides.”
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Iran and the remaining parties to the JCPOA – France, Britain, Germany, Russia, and China – began negotiations over the issue earlier this year, after the US administration of Joe Biden showed 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. Iran’s new administration has dismissed the prospects of partaking in “talks for the sake of talks” and said the US and EU face a decision-making crisis.
Biden, for his part, has failed to provide Iran with a guarantee that the US would not leave the JCPOA again.
On Monday, the US president apologized to other world leaders for Trump’s withdrawal from another globally-endorsed accord, the Paris climate agreement.
“I guess I shouldn't apologize, but I do apologize for the fact that the United States, the last administration, pulled out of the Paris accord. It put us sort of behind the eight ball a little bit,” he said during a session on “action and solidarity” at the United Nations’ climate summit in Glasgow.
Biden, however, has not apologized for Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement, but rather, has kept the inhumane sanctions targeting the Iranian population intact.
In his Thursday remarks, Iran's President Raeisi stressed that his administration will not back down on safeguarding the Iranian nation’s interests, adding, “We will pursue both the removal and the neutralization of the sanctions simultaneously.”
Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has urged Iranian authorities to “neutralize the sanctions” through efforts aimed to materialize self-sufficiency and economic prosperity, at the same time that they pursue diplomatic channels to remove them.
The Iranian president also noted that the Iranian people have always denounced the meddlesome measures of the United States in the region, including their latest conduct.
He was making a reference to the US seizure of an Iranian oil shipment late last month that led to a confrontation between the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and the vessel that had stolen the shipment in what Iran slammed as “an act of piracy” in the strategic Sea of Oman, where the IRGC succeeded in landing its forces on the ship’s deck and navigating it towards Iranian waters.
The Iranian people, Raeisi continued, are always thankful to the revolutionary guards for protecting Iran’s dignity and independence.