Says US Needs to Be ‘Realistic’ in Talks
(June 23, 2022) — A joint news conference of Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov discussed the possibility of getting the Iran nuclear talks restarted. Abdollahian, who has favored train metaphors in the past in talking about the Vienna talks, once again said the goal is to get “back to the right track – I hope the train will move again.”
Abdollahian was keen to emphasize Iran’s willingness to engage on the process, saying they want a “good, strong, and lasting agreement” and are willing to take difficult steps as the process nears an end.
The problem, as ever, is the US, as Abdollahian said what was really needed was “realism” from the US side when approaching the finalization of the process, a willingness to compromise when a deal is so close.
Lavrov appeared to concur, saying the US has been trying to portray itself as “the leader in the nuclear talks.” and that they have delayed the process unilaterally as a result.
Talks have been stalled for months, before that indications were a deal might just be days away. The US has remained pessimistic since then, while Iran and the other parties are all willing to keep negotiating.
Iran ‘Serious’ About Revived Nuclear Deal
(June 23, 2022) — Iran said Thursday that it remains “serious” about reaching a revived nuclear deal with major powers that ends economic sanctions and to which the United States is again a party.
Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian was speaking at a joint news conference with visiting Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov as talks between the parties in Vienna remain stalled.
“The nuclear negotiations train has reached difficult stops as they near the end,” Amir-Abdollahian said.
He stressed Iran was “serious about reaching a good, strong and lasting agreement” and called for similar realism from the US side.
“I hope we can reach the final point of the agreement in the near future with realism from the American side,” he said.
Russia was a party to the original 2015 deal — the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA — that gave Iran relief from international sanctions in return for UN-monitored limits to its nuclear activities.
It has taken part in the on-off talks that opened in Vienna in April last year on bringing Washington back into the agreement after president Donald’s Trump 2018 withdrawal.
“Today, with the other participants in the JCPOA… we are making every effort to repair the American error when the United States left the JCPOA,” Lavrov told the news conference.
Both Iran and Russia have been grappling with the economic impact of Western actions. Moscow has faced mounting sanctions since its invasion of neighbouring Ukraine in February.
“We oppose illegal sanctions against countries including Russia,” Amir-Abdollahian said.
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