TEHRAN (Iran News) – “To Progress” Or “Not to Progress” This the Question. For weeks the talks on Iran’s nuclear deal, the JCPOA, have resume in Vienna and the signatories of the deal are discussing the return of the U.S. to the JCPOA and everyday one party says something differently on the outcome of the talks.
Iran has determined its conditions for the return of the U.S. to the JCPOA and as the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution has emphasized, the U.S. should remove all imposed sanctions against Iran in order that Iran could return to its JCPOA obligations.
Despite Iran’s crystal clear stand on this issue, the U.S. seems to play with words and sanctions and it is not ready to remove sanctions and it just thinks of partial removal of the sanctions. The most interesting thing is that every party in the deal claims of progress in the talks but nobody points to its details. Even Iranian negotiating team is talking about the progress,
As the new round of the talks began on Saturday, the European Union, which coordinated the talks leading to conclusion of the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and world countries, claimed it is hopeful about underway talks that seek to remedy the U.S.’s sabotage against the deal.
“We are making progress,” EU representative Alain Matton told reporters in Vienna.
The talks started in the Austrian capital in April to potentially revive the accord that is officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The U.S. left the deal illegally and unilaterally in 2018, returning the sanctions that the agreement had lifted.
“But the negotiations are intense and a number of issues [remain], including on how steps are to be implemented,” Matton acknowledged.
His remarks were echoed by China’s envoy to the United Nations in Vienna, Wang Qun, who said, “To a great extent, the major issues have been worked out as a matter of principle, though I think there are some fixes [left].”
Iran has roundly rejected the notion of any phased-out removal of the sanctions on the part of the U.S., saying Washington has to eliminate all of the measures in one go in a way that can be verifiable by Tehran.
It is only then, the Islamic Republic insists, that the country would reverse a set of remedial nuclear measures that it has been implementing since 2019 in return for the U.S. and others’ non-commitment to the deal.
“The EU will continue with the talks with all the participants…and separately with the United States to find ways to get very close to a final agreement in the coming days,” the European official said.
Iran has cast doubt on the U.S.’s willingness to cooperate with efforts that seek to restore the JCPOA. The country cites Washington’s refusal so far to lift the sanctions.
This, Iranian officials say, signals the U.S.’s continued subscription to former U.S. president Donald Trump’s “maximum pressure” policy, under which Washington left the deal and returned the sanctions.
The Chinese official also urged the U.S. to adopt a decisive approach towards the issues that stand to resolve the residual problems. “Our message to them (the United States) is that they should stop shilly-shallying by moving decisively to sanction-lifting.”
Iranian nation on the eve of the country’s 13th presidential election does not tie their choice of its president to the result of talks because it has lost its faith and trust in the West especially the U.S. and its European allies. The Islamic establishment is strong enough to overcome the problems as it has done so in the past 42 years and overcome many woes like eight-year war with Iraq and economic war with the U.S.
The U.S. and its allies should know this point that this time Iran will not retreat from its peaceful nuclear rights and it will not give in bullies of the world arrogance, no matter what the signatories of the deal claim of the progress because Iranian people only accept the claim when they see the progress in practice and not in the interviews and media outlets.
So Iranian negotiating team is recommended not to be deceived by the rival parties’ claims and it should fight for the rights of the country with full support of the establishment and the nation. Partial removing the sanctions makes no sense for Iran as the country is full aware of the West’s carrot and stick policy.