Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said Washington and London are trying to change the course of the Vienna talks in a bid to satisfy the Zionist regime.
Ahlulbayt News Agency: Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said Washington and London are trying to change the course of the Vienna talks in a bid to satisfy the Zionist regime.
Khatibzadeh wrote on his Twitter account that the United States and the UK are changing the goals of the ongoing Vienna talks for reviving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in order to gratify Israel, which is the sworn enemy of the agreement.
He added that the brutal Zionist regime has done its utmost to thwart the deal.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a joint press conference with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday that Washington should avoid rejoining the JCPOA, claiming that the deal paves the way for Iran to “develop nuclear weapons”, an allegation that Iran has strongly rejected throughout the years.
Blinken, for his part, said the US will try to rejoin the JCPOA, but he added that the US and Israel continue to work together to counter what he claimed as “Iran’s destabilizing actions in the region.”
Also, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on Tuesday visited Israel, where he reiterated London’s commitment to Tel Aviv’s security and stressed the importance of a “stronger nuclear deal” with Iran, which has been rejected several times by Tehran.
In relevant remarks on Wednesday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister and top negotiator Seyed Abbas Araqchi said that the ongoing talks in Vienna between Tehran and the Group 4+1 (China, Russia, Britain and France plus Germany) depends on tough decisions made by the other sides.
Araqchi said on Wednesday that all sides of negotiations have shown their seriousness clearly in Vienna talks, adding that they are willing to solve the remaining questions at the shortest time.
He noted that sides of the negotiations are even eager to arrive at a conclusion during this round of talks, saying that the participants are able to reach important achievements at final round of talks, but some questions have not been solved yet.
Whether the talks would have an outcome or not depends on how much progress is made on the important issues and how much other sides are ready to make tough decisions to let the issues be solved, Araqchi added.
He further said that he is sure that “this time” achievement will be gained and that the talks would be completed if possible.
The US, under former president Donald Trump, unilaterally withdrew participation in the agreement and re-imposed sanctions against Iran, which the accord had lifted.
The Trump administration subsequently launched what it touted as a campaign of “maximum pressure” against Iran, hoping to force the Islamic Republic to accept large-scale limits on its nuclear program and missile work, among other things.
The administration of US President Joe Biden has verbally renounced that policy and admitted to its failure, while expressing a willingness to return to the Iran deal. However, it has so far stopped short of taking any concrete steps to that end and retained the sanctions on the Islamic Republic.