Lifting illegal sanctions starting point for next round of Vienna talks

Tehran (IP) - In the past few days, the Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs, has had constructive talks with the European Troika to bring the views of Iranian political officials and European parties closer.

Iran PressCommentary: Iranian Deputy FM, Ali Bagheri, after his visit to the capitals of France, Germany, and Britain arrived in Madrid on Friday, the last leg of his European tour, to meet with Spanish officials.

In addition to bilateral talks with Spanish officials, Bagheri met in Madrid with Enrique Mora, Deputy Secretary-General of the European External Action Service, who is chairing a meeting of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister's four-day talks with European officials and Enrique Mora focused on finding practical solutions to lift sanctions.



By violating JCPOA and UNSC Resolution 2231 and imposing sanctions, the United States has not only harmed the Islamic Republic of Iran but also other members of the JCPOA because they had economic interactions with Iran.

Iran demands a commitment that the United States will not withdraw from the JCPOA again. From this point of view, the issue that should be addressed first is the lifting of illegal US sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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The experience of previous negotiations has shown that unilateral action cannot have an acceptable result in guaranteeing Iran's rights in the JCPOA. It is clear that positive signs must be seen from the other side so that Iran also acts on the obligations of the 2015 deal on the basis of mutual rights and political and international logic.

"The first thing the United States has to do is to return to its commitments and completely lift the sanctions imposed by the United States in violation of the JCPOA," said Mehdi Zakerian, a political analyst.

Iran's position in this regard is clear and transparent.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian wrote on Instagram on Friday: "The Islamic Republic of Iran does not intend to remain in the stalemates of the previous talks, and if the other side enters Vienna with a serious and positive approach, reaching a good agreement in the short term is possible."

The Europeans want Iran to return to the JCPOA's commitments, but there has been no serious demand from the European troika for the Americans. The most important issue to be clarified is the measures related to the lifting of sanctions. Just as the United States withdrew from the agreement and imposed illegal sanctions on Iran, it can return to the agreement and end the violation of its commitments.

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Action in this regard should be verified by expert groups. Of course, given the importance of the issue for all parties to the JCPOA agreement and the little opportunity left in this regard, the Europeans are expected to take a serious approach for participating in the November 29 talks in Vienna so that the talks can lead to an acceptable conclusion to the lifting of sanctions.

The poor performance of the Europeans in fulfilling their commitments in the JCPOA is a serious issue and deserves much criticism. The European parties have left a negative mentality with the delay in fulfilling their obligations. Negotiation is one of the tools of diplomacy, and Iran in the Vienna talks is definitely seeking rights that the United States has violated in the JCPOA and Europe has delayed in compensating for it. Iran expects the other side not to waste time because no one accepts it.

Iran's position on the JCPOA is quite clear and explicit and shows that Iran is not looking for new negotiations, but what is important in the current situation is to build trust in how the other side will return to the agreements specified in the 2015 deal.

Obviously, as the Iranian Foreign Minister has stated that the US actions and violations of its commitments, including the country's new sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran, have made the provision of objective guarantees by the United States an unavoidable necessity.

Written by: Jamshid Aminzadeh


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