Iran Reiterates Call On Observing Red Lines in Vienna Talks

The government of Iran on Monday reiterated stance on not crossing its red lines in Vienna talks and cast doubt whether to reach an agreement due to US unwillingness in the talks.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Saeed Khatibzadeh said they would have been inked an agreement several months ago if they crossed the red lines.

“If we were to cross the red lines, an agreement would have been reached much earlier,” Khatibzadeh told reporters in Tehran, stressing over removal of sanctions.

“We do not know whether we will reach an agreement or not – because the US has not yet shown the will to reach an agreement,” Khatibzadeh added. 

In reaction to US officials’ statements over the removal of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) from the sanctions list, Khatibzadeh said Iran would not bow down to the pressure and such a policy must be removed.

“There are more than one issue between Iran and the US in negotiations,” Khatibzadeh added.

“There is no issue left between Iran and the P4+1 and the European Union, and all the parties are waiting for Washington’s decisions,” according to Khatibzadeh.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said Sunday that the US is “imposing new conditions” in the negotiations to restore the 2015 nuclear agreement.

“In the last two or three weeks, the US side has made excessive demands that contradict some paragraphs of the text,” Abdollahian added.

Iran has been engaged in negotiations with France, Germany, UK, Russia and China directly, and the United States indirectly in Vienna for years now to revive Iran’s 2015 deal, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The former US President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal in 2018, and reimposed economic sanctions, prompting Iran to accelerate its nuclear program.


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