Iran’s President Ebrahim Raeisi has told his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, that Tehran seeks a definitive result through the ongoing talks in the Austrian capital, emphasizing that Vienna negotiations must end in removal of sanctions imposed on Iran.
Raeisi made the remarks in a Monday phone call initiated by Macron, which lasted for one and a half hours, during which the two sides discussed the current state of Vienna talks on removal of anti-Iran sanctions and other issues of mutual interest.
“Sanctions have failed to stymie Iran’s progress and today, the entire world knows who violated the JCPOA, and they must return to their commitments,” Iran’s president said, using an acronym for Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
“The current conditions are the result of Americans and Europeans not fulfilling their commitments as per the JCPOA,” Iran’s chief executive said.
Raeisi added that those parties who violated the JCPOA must gain the opposite side’s trust so that negotiations could proceed in a real manner and bear fruit.
“If Americans remove sanctions and Europeans fulfill their commitments, you should have no concern about Iran fulfilling its commitments, because we have shown time and again and in practice that we abide by our obligations,” Iran’s president said.
“Iran seeks [a definitive] result in [Vienna] talks and negotiations must end in removal of sanctions,” President Raeisi emphasized.
Iran’s president then told Macron that if they believe in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as an international authority, they should note that “the agency has frequently announced that the Islamic Republic of Iran is committed to its nuclear obligations.”
He added that during his recent visit to Iran, Director General of the IAEA Rafael Grossi said nothing about Iran not being in compliance with its obligations, adding, “We are now ready to continue full cooperation with the Agency.”
“Iran has always lived up to its nuclear commitments and the International Atomic Energy Agency has confirmed Iran’s commitment [to its obligations] on many occasions,” Raeisi said, adding that dispatching a comprehensive team to Vienna talks indicates Iran’s serious determination in those negotiations.
He also urged Macron to work with other participants in Vienna talks to secure removal of sanctions imposed on Iran.
Macron, for his part, condemned unilateral withdrawal of the United States from the JCPOA, saying that Paris considers the nuclear deal a common responsibility for its members.
Macron added that he has talked to US President Joe Biden and that Paris is bent on going on with the negotiations until a final result is reached.
The French president’s phone call came after the end of the first meeting of the seventh round of Vienna talks earlier the same day during which, according to Iran’s top negotiator, Ali Baqeri-Kani, all participants in the first meeting of the seventh round of talks have agreed that removing sanctions must be the main focus of negotiations.
Iran’s negotiator said all parties agreed that focus of the talks should be removal of sanctions imposed on Iran after the US' unilateral withdrawal from the landmark 2015 nuclear deal.
"I believe that this is a great achievement that all member states of the P4+1 group accepted Iran's rightful request and emphasized that the state of the US regime's illegal sanctions against our people must be clarified first and then other issues be discussed," he added.
“During the meeting, we emphasized that the main factor behind the current conditions is actions taken by a country, which left the agreement in violation of the accord and the United Nations Security Council resolution [that upheld it], and also reinstated past sanctions [on Iran] in contravention of international laws and regulations while imposing new sanctions as well,” Baqeri-Kani said.
In a Monday article, Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said the main goal pursued in the new round of Vienna talks is removal of all sanctions imposed on Tehran, adding that the Islamic Republic will not accept any requests beyond the scope of the deal.
“The main goal of these negotiations is the restoration of the rights of the Iranian nation and removal of all the sanctions imposed unilaterally and extraterritorially on Iran by the United States, which is no longer a party to the JCPOA,” Iran’s top diplomat added.
Before the talks began on Monday, Russia's ambassador to international organizations in Vienna said in a tweet that despite problems that surround multilateral negotiations in the Austrian capital, there is no other acceptable alternative but to take negotiations to a successful end.