Iran FM: All sides in Vienna talks must be serious about achieving text of final agreement

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)
In this file photo, Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian (R) greets the European Union’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, in Tehran on June 25, 2022.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian says all parties involved in the Vienna talks on the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal must take serious steps toward reaching the final text of an agreement.

Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks in a Monday phone call with the European Union foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, in which the two sides discussed the latest developments surrounding the talks.

Iran’s top diplomat told Borrell that the Iranian delegation has been serious and determined to achieve an agreement in Vienna and has offered its constructive ideas for the resolution of outstanding issues.

“Iran’s views and considerations on the ideas offered by [Borrell’s deputy] Enrique Mora have been conveyed to him and all parties [to the deal] are expected to show seriousness and resolve in order to achieve the final text of the agreement,” Amir-Abdollahian said.

Iran’s foreign minister said any final agreement must meet the rights and interests of the Iranian nation and guarantee sustainable and effective removal of sanctions imposed on the country.

He expressed hope that the path to a final agreement would be paved through realism and by avoiding adoption of nonconstructive positions, especially by the United States.

Borrell, for his part, said he believes that relative progress has been made during the latest round of the Vienna talks, which he described as positive.

As the EU coordinator, he vowed to continue efforts to bring the viewpoints of all parties to the deal closer to reach a good result.

Earlier in the day, a senior official in Iran’s Foreign Ministry said during fresh talks on the JCPOA revival in Vienna, Tehran informed the opposite parties of its positions and “relative advances were made on a number of issues.”

Pointing to Mora's several ideas on a number of outstanding issues, the unnamed official added, "As soon as we received these ideas, we informed him of our answers and primary considerations. Naturally, such issues need more comprehensive discussions and we will convey our additional views and considerations to the [JCPOA] coordinator and other parties.”

Iran and the remaining parties to the JCPOA -- Russia, China, France, Britain, and Germany -- started talks in the Austrian capital of Vienna in April last year. While the parties noted progress in multiple rounds of talks, the indecisiveness shown by Washington has prevented any significant breakthrough.

Last month, the negotiations were hosted in the Qatari capital of Doha in a different format, with Tehran and Washington holding indirect talks mediated by the European Union. Those talks also failed to produce any tangible result due to the excessive demands of the US.

After several months of impasse, the Vienna talks resumed on Thursday. Expert-level negotiations have been held between Iran and the P4+1 group of countries.

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