The government of Iran said that they have shown flexibility and seriousness in the ongoing Vienna talks with the West over its nuclear policy, claiming a deal is possible if the parties seize this opportunity.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said a deal on Iran’s nuclear policy could be reached in a matter of hours if sanctions imposed on Iran are being removed.
Speaking to Euronews, Amir-Abdollahian claimed that Iran has taken several initiatives and shown the required flexibility and now “it’s time to see initiatives and flexibility from the western side” in Vienna talks. Amir-Abdollahian also said that the issue of prisoner exchanges is open for discussions if the West is ready to take up the offer.
Amir-Abdollahian furthered that they are not engaged in Vienna negotiation for sake of negotiations, but to have a result-oriented negotiation, and said he “thinks they are close to such a deal.”
Amir-Abdollahian also rejected the general perspective in the world that Iran is an isolated country. “Unilateral and unlawful US sanctions have led to some problems for us. Inaction since 2015, especially from three European countries, the UK, France, and Germany, has caused some problems for Iran,” Amir-Abdollahian added.
Despite numerous efforts during former US President Donald Trump and its maximum pressure, Iran has not been isolated, Amir-Abdollahian said.
Former President Trump withdrew from 2015 Iran’s nuclear agreement in 2018 that was meant to release Tehran from sanctions in exchange for curbing its nuclear program. Trump also reimposed heavy economic sanctions on Iran, prompting Tehran to accelerate its nuclear facilities.
Representatives of UK, China, France, Germany, and Russia directly and the US indirectly engaged in the 8th round of Vienna talks to salvage Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
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