Shamkhani: Iran’s key policy is to neutralize sanctions
Iran's main strategy is to develop mechanisms to neutralize the sanctions it is facing while also attempting to secure the removal of the illegal sanctions, says Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council.
Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani said, on Wednesday, that the country's main strategy is to develop mechanisms to neutralize the sanctions it is facing while also attempting to secure the removal of the illegal restrictions.
At a special meeting with a group of lawmakers on the latest developments in the Vienna talks, Shamkhani added that “the bitter experience of the US’ non-commitment and the European inaction has made it inevitable to meet the requirements for the conclusion of a credible, balanced and lasting agreement.”
“In addition to efforts toward sanctions removal, the country’s major strategy is to focus on creating mechanisms in order to render the sanctions tool ineffective. Fortunately, very good measures have been taken in this regard,” he added.
During the meeting, the lawmakers stressed that Iran has managed to overcome the crises brought on by the oppressive sanctions aimed at the economy and people's livelihoods.
They also urged the Iranian negotiating team to keep working to protect the nation's rights as outlined in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh has warned on Monday the US administration against "bluffs and bluster" in the Vienna talks to resurrect the 2015 Iran deal, emphasizing that Tehran is willing to reach an agreement through negotiations but will not wait indefinitely.
The Iranian diplomat blamed the US for the current situation, emphasizing that Washington's possible return to the JCPOA must be accompanied by a lifting of sanctions in a verifiable manner.
The Vienna talks between Iran and the remaining JCPOA parties began in April on the assumption that the US, under the Joe Biden administration, is willing to reverse the so-called maximum pressure policy pursued by former President Donald Trump against Tehran.
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Iran has 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.