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Iran won’t be rushed by West into ignoring red lines in Vienna talks, says foreign minister

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian (L) meets with EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell in New York on the sidelines of the 76th UN General Assembly on Sept. 21, 2021. (Photo by IRNA)

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says the Western side’s hurriedness to reach an agreement via the Vienna negotiations will not make Tehran turn a blind eye to its red lines.

Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks in a phone call with European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell on Friday, referring to the diplomatic efforts to revive the 2015 Iran deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

“We are ready to immediately finalize a good agreement,” he said. “But the Western side’s rush and haste cannot prevent Iran’s red lines from being observed.”

He also said the presence of foreign ministers in Vienna and the announcement of a final agreement would depend on the full observance of the declared red lines of the Islamic Republic, including an effective guarantee that would secure Iran’s economic benefits from the JCPOA.

“Dr. Bagheri and our country’s senior experts remain in Vienna in constant and active consultation with all delegations. Our delegation will continue to work hard to conclude a good agreement,” the chief Iranian diplomat added.

Iran’s major demands addressed: Borrell

Borrell also said Iran’s major demands have been addressed in the possible final agreement.

He said progress has been during the talks, adding that the negotiations are on the right path toward reaching a final result.

The Vienna talks began last April between Iran and the other parties to the Iran deal on the assumption that the US, under the Joe Biden administration, is willing to rejoin the JCPOA.

The JCPOA was ditched by former US president Donald Trump in May 2018 in pursuit of illegal “maximum pressure” sanctions against the Islamic Republic.


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