Iran: US Must Guarantee Not to Abandon Deal Again
Iran's Foreign Ministry stresses that the US must provide guarantees regarding its commitment to the JCPOA.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry, commenting on the resumption of the Vienna talks on November 29th, said that talks are about reaching an agreement on all matters. He also continued that not agreeing upon everything is the same as not agreeing on anything.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh, declared that all that the former rounds of talks have led to was a draft, calling on the United States to "provide guarantees that it won’t abandon the deal again."
He clarified that the previous rounds led to a dead-end on a number of subjects because of the US' intransigence, and its insistence to continue Trump's policies and maintain his sanctions, noting that Washington needs to make the political decision to end Trump's shameful and unlawful legacy.
He continued that Washington must be given another chance to return to international agreements, stressing that Iran will not negotiate with anyone on regional issues.
Mahmoud Abbas Zadeh Meshkini, an MP in parliament's National Security Committee, highlighted the importance of the talks beginning from when former US President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal, calling for the importance of abiding by the red lines, as specified by Ayatollah Khamenei, which are to remove sanctions and receive guarantees on their removal from the US.
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Khatibzadeh also brought up the matter of cyberattacks and said some countries are using their cyber capabilities to launch attacks, receiving painful responses in return.
Regarding the Saudi-Lebanese crisis, sparked by KSA's reaction to statements made by Lebanon's Information Minister, George Kordahi, before he was named minister, the Spokesperson said that the embargo will not work, calling for the resolution of disputes through diplomacy.
As for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the head of Thomson Reuters' project in Tehran, who has been in jail since 2016, Khatibzadeh said that some Western factions are using human rights as an excuse to achieve their own political agenda, adding that these same Western states defend their judicial independence and refuse political meddling in judicial affairs.