Iran President Says No Give In On “Red Lines” In Nuclear Talks

Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi on Tuesday made it clear that there is no way to back down from “Red Lines” in nuclear talks with major world powers. Raisi’s remarks come at a time when the European Union has called on the US and Iran to take political decisions which are needed to reach an accord.

“The government pursues nuclear negotiations in full accordance with the principles and framework set by the Supreme Leader,” Raisi said, referring to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the final say in the decision.

Iran and Western diplomats are engaged in Vienna talks to salvage Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal meant to curb Iran’s nuclear activities in return of removing sanctions.

Iran asked for removal of all sanctions and also guarantees from the US that it will not abandon the possible deal once more. Former US President Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal in 2018, and also reimposed sanctions on Iran, causing Iran to accelerate its nuclear programs.

Raisi said that “it has not and will not back down on any of these red lines.”

Iran’s top negotiator, Ali Bagheri Kani has returned to Tehran on Monday for further consultations with the country’s leadership.

Moreover, Enrique Mora, deputy secretary-general of the European External Action Service, on Monday said that political decisions need to be made to end the Vienna talks successfully.

“It is time, in the next few days, for political decisions to end the Vienna talks. The rest is noise,” Mora added.

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