Khamenei: Nuclear talks 'going well'
Iranian Leader Sayyed Ali Khamenei says the talks to revive the 2015 nuclear deal shouldn’t determine the future of the country.
Iranian Leader Sayyed Ali Khamenei stated, on Tuesday, that the talks to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), are “going well”.
In a meeting with heads of the three branches of government and a number of Iranian officials, he added that the future of Iran shouldn’t depend on the resurrection of the nuclear deal.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Sayyed Khamenei stressed that America has reneged on its pledge to the nuclear agreement and has reached a dead-end in the talks.
“So far, our negotiating team has been resisting the other side’s excessive demands, and this [trend] will continue, God willing,” he said.
On his account, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh told reporters at a press conference, on Monday, that the Vienna discussions to save the JCPOA and relieve sanctions on Iran had yet to produce a final document.
To emphasize that Iran's red lines have been respected in the nuclear talks, Khatibzadeh stressed that if it was not for Iran's persistence, the agreement would have been achieved months ago as per the others' rules.
The official emphasized that the US has yet to demonstrate its commitment, stressing that what matters to Tehran is that the Iranian people benefit from the lifting of sanctions.
The Vienna talks between Iran and the other parties to the Iran deal began in April on the assumption that the United States, under Joe Biden's administration, would be willing to rejoin the JCPOA.
Former US President Donald Trump withdrew from the JCPOA in May 2018 in order to pursue illegal "maximum pressure" sanctions against Iran.
It is worth mentioning that Iran has constantly stated that it will not accept anything less than the complete removal of all US sanctions in a verifiable manner. It also wants assurances that Washington will not withdraw from the agreement again.