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Zarif: Iran to seriously refrain from talks for sake of talks


Iran’s foreign minister ruled out negotiatio­ns over the 2015 nuclear agreement for the sake of negotiatio­ns, saying the timing and duration of current talks in Vienna are determined only by national interests.

In a post written on his Instagram page, Mohammad Javad Zarif thanked Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei for supporting the Iranian negotiator­s, who are in Vienna to discuss the issues surroundin­g the deal, also called the JCPOA, saying the Leader’s recent remarks “once again, as in previous difficult times, revived hopes and made [our] steps stronger”.

“The Leader’s advice to refrain from attritiona­l negotiatio­ns has always been a beacon for us,” Zarif said, according to Press TV.

“We considered ‘negotiatio­ns for the sake of negotiatio­ns’ a failed experience and we negotiated only to achieve national goals,” he added.

In his Wednesday remarks, Ayatollah Khamenei warned against protracted talks with JCPOA parties –France, Britain, Germany, Russia and China — saying he has directed Iranian negotiator­s to proceed with the talks for now.

“The fact that the Americans talk about engaging in direct and indirect negotiatio­ns [with Iran] is not because they want to negotiate to accept the truth, rather they want to negotiate to impose their wrongful argument” on Iran, the Leader noted.

Former US president Donald Trump unilateral­ly pulled the United States out of the JCPOA in 2018 and imposed harsh economic sanctions on Iran under a “maximum pressure” campaign.

Iran fully honored its nuclear commitment­s under the deal for an entire year after the US pullout, but it began to scale down its commitment­s on May 8, 2019. The decision was made as part of Iran’s right under articles 26 and 36 of the JCPOA in response to the breach of the agreement by the other side.

Tehran has also rejected repeated calls by the administra­tion of US President Joe Biden for direct talks over the JCPOA, arguing that the US is no longer a party to the deal and that it first needs to return to its commitment­s by removing the sanctions before it can attend multilater­al JCPOA meetings with Iran.

“As we did not accept talks leading to a photo op in the past four years, today we will seriously refuse to engage in negotiatio­ns for the sake of negotiatio­ns as well,” Zarif said.

He said the government of President Hassan Rouhani sees negotiatio­ns as a powerful and legitimate tool to resolve problems, rather than a tribune for making speeches or a stage for taking photos.

Iran’s chief negotiator at Vienna talks also said Tehran does not seek protracted negotiatio­ns on the fate of the JCPOA, warning that the country would take action if the talks are not constructi­ve.

“We are not after talks of attrition and the negotiatio­ns that are only time-consuming and aimed at [holding] talks for the sake of talks,” Deputy Foreign Minister Seyyed Abbas Araqchi said on Thursday.

Araqchi made the remarks before the start of a meeting of the Joint Commission of the JCPOA, which was attended by all the parties to the deal in Vienna.

He said if the negotiatio­ns proceed in a constructi­ve way, Iran will continue the talks, otherwise necessary action will be taken.

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