An informed source familiar with the ongoing talks between Iran and the P4+1 group of countries in Vienna tells Press TV that the Islamic Republic's proposed drafts are in full conformity with the 2015 nuclear agreement and the principles contained therein.
Speaking to Press TV on Friday, the unnamed source expressed regret that some European parties have turned the negotiations into a forum to dictate their own positions and demands.
“Regrettably, some European parties have mistaken the negotiating table for a platform to dictate their positions and demands,” the source said.
“Some parties have not come to the diplomatic maturity that the survival and endurance of the JCPOA (the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action), depend on the commitment of all parties to their obligations, and some parties’ refusal to implement their commitments indicates that they are not serious in the negotiations," the source emphasized.
The JCPOA was abandoned by former US President Donald Trump in May 2018. Trump then targeted Iran’s economy with what he called the “maximum pressure” campaign, but he failed to compel Iran to negotiate a “new deal.”
Iran and the five remaining parties to the JCPOA -- Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China -- began the talks in the Austrian capital in April with the aim of removing Washington’s unlawful sanctions against the Islamic Republic after the US voiced interest to return to the agreement.
Diplomats from the participant countries gathered in Vienna on Monday for the seventh time, after a hiatus in the talks because of presidential election in Iran.
On Friday, head of negotiators of Iran and the P4+1 group of countries in the Vienna talks held another meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission.
Iran’s chief negotiator Ali Baqeri-Kani told IRNA that he had held talks with EU deputy foreign policy chief Enrique Mora before the meeting, adding that the sides discussed Tehran's proposed drafts and agreed to be informed about the opposite side's stance during the JCPOA Joint Commission session.
The Friday meeting was requested by the European side before its representatives return to their capitals to review Iran's proposed texts.
One European diplomat said Iran and the P4+1 are expected to resume talks early next week.
Iran’s top negotiator announced on Thursday that the country had provided the five parties to the JCPOA with draft documents detailing its proposals and positions on the removal of sanctions imposed by the United States after leaving the agreement and the nuclear steps Tehran has taken in response.
In a phone call with European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on Friday, Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian described the process of negotiations in Vienna “good but slow,” asserting that the West needs to focus on removing the United States’ sanctions against Iran.
“Despite the US violation [of the Iran nuclear deal] and the inaction of the three European countries, we are present in the Vienna talks in good faith,” the top Iranian diplomat said, adding, “Our team has clear, tangible, and practical plans and initiatives at every stage [of talks]."