Iran not hoping for miracle in Vienna talks: Raisi

Speaking to reporters after a visit to the northern province of Golestan on Friday, Raisi said it was not possible to limit the country’s relations to a few countries.

Highlighting his administration’s efforts to promote and strengthen ties with neighbors and countries in the region, the President stressed the need for balance in foreign relations.

Lamenting his predecessor for his foreign policy orientation towards the West, the president said the country must move forward without depending on Western governments.

Commenting on the talks in Vienna to save the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Raisi said Iran had placed its hopes first on God and then on the people.

“We are not hoping for a miracle in Vienna. We are and will be after sanctions are lifted, but more importantly, we are pursuing the removal of sanctions,” he added.

Vienna talks between Iran and the other parties to the Iran deal began in April on the assumption that the United States, under the administration of Joe Biden, would be willing to join the JCPOA.

Former US President Donald Trump abandoned the JCPOA in May 2018 seeking illegal “maximum pressure” sanctions against Iran.

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