FM: Iran ready to continue JCPOA talks
“We are ready to resume talks in Vienna in the coming days,” Amirabdollahian said at a joint press conference with European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell held in Tehran on Saturday.
Borrell visited Iran as part of efforts to break the deadlock between the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) parties over reviving the deal and lifting sanctions on Iran.
The top Iranian diplomat expressed hope at the press conference that the United States would “this time” follow a “realistic and fair approach” and act responsibly.
Iranian officials are not negotiating directly with the Americans, as the United States unilaterally withdrew from the deal in 2018 and reimposed sanctions on Iran. During talks in Vienna, suspended since mid-March, US negotiators communicated with the parties to the deal through European intermediaries, Press TV reported.
Iran’s foreign minister said he had “detailed, precise and in-depth” talks with Borrell on the JCPOA relaunch negotiations, adding, “We will break the deadlock in the Vienna talks and end the tension that has existed for the past few days”.
What matters to Iran is that the country must take full advantage of the economic benefits of the 2015 nuclear deal, Amirabdollahian said, noting that any issues that could jeopardize Iran’s full economic benefits will be unacceptable to Iran.
“We are trying to overcome the existing problems and sticking points through the negotiations which will soon resume,” he added.
For his part, Borrell said talks on reviving the JCPOA will resume soon in the coming days.
“We need to resume the talks in the coming days and break the deadlock. It’s been three months and we need to speed up the work. I am very happy with the decision that has been taken in Tehran and in Washington,” the chief said. of European diplomacy. said.
Since April 2021, several rounds of talks between Iran and the five other parties to the JCPOA – Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia – have been held in the Austrian capital to bring the United United in agreement with Iran.
The talks in Vienna, however, exclude American diplomats due to their country’s withdrawal from the agreement.