TEHRAN (Iran News) –The Islamic Republic of Iran has always welcomed talks and friendship but it is not ready to give in excessive demands of the other parties for talks or friendship and this is one of the major principles of the country and it is observing it during the nuclear talks, so called the JCPOA.
On Saturday, Tehran hosted European Union Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell as the two sides exchanged views on the stalled nuclear talks for the revival of the JCPOA and announced the talks will resume very soon.
Tehran has always welcomed the talks but it has reiterated that it will fight for its rights and it will not bow to the West’s excessive demands and this is the West which prolongs the talks or creates hurdle in way of talks.
Iran’s top security official in meeting with Borrell slammed Europe’s inaction and the U.S.’s lack of commitment to its obligations as per the 2015 agreement, saying Tehran will continue its remedial nuclear measures until the West changes its illegal approach.
“Iran’s remedial measures in the nuclear sector are merely a legal and rational reaction to US unilateralism and Europe’s inaction and will continue as long as the West’s illegal practices persist,” Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani said in the meeting.
He added that the illegal withdrawal of the United States from the deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), has caused the Iranian nation to lose trust in the West and Washington.
“We have fulfilled all our commitments under the JCPOA and have never left the negotiating table and we are still looking for a strong, lasting and reliable agreement,” Iran’s top security official said.
Shamkhani emphasized that the removal of illegal sanctions and full and lasting realization of the economic benefits of the JCPOA are Iran’s main objectives in engaging in the talks with the P4+1 group of countries in the Austrian capital of Vienna.
“Iran does not favor an agreement that fails to meet the two above-mentioned principles in providing a reliable guarantee from the U.S. and Europe,” he said.
He emphasized that the participants in the Vienna talks failed to reach a final agreement on the JCPOA revival because of the U.S.’ contradictory behavior and its sticking to threats and sanctions.
“The language of force cannot be used in addressing a country that has overcome the most difficult conditions of sanctions with vigorous resistance and the sympathy and support of its people,” the SNSC secretary said.
The senior EU diplomat, for his part, said the possible JCPOA revival under the current global circumstances can be regarded as a very important security achievement in the international system.
Borrell criticized Trump for pulling the United States out of the multilateral agreement and said all the parties to the JCPOA must look ahead to the future to reach a good final deal. So he openly blames the U.S. for the current political chaos and Iran should not be blamed.
Tehran has repeatedly stressed that it welcomes talks and will remain committed to the JCPOA if it benefits it, otherwise it is meaningless to observe its commitments while the other parties give no damn to their commitments.
In recent months the West has tried to paint a negative picture of Iran and has tried to blame Tehran for the halt in the talks and even its failure, while it has been the main culprit of this stall.
Borrell visited Tehran to revive the talks but he is better first to bring the West and above all the U.S. to their senses that the era of unilateral concession has ended and Iran will not retreat an iota from its due rights and it will observe its JCPOA commitments when the other parties do the same or else it will continue its uranium enrichment whether the West likes or not because it is its right.
The European official is better to tell the U.S. statesmen that the only solution for the revival of the JCPOA and return of the U.S. to this bloc is to remove all unilateral U.S. sanctions, and removing all sanctions is the least that the U.S. can do to compensate its past offences and mistakes.
As Shamkhani reiterated, as long as the West does not change its illegal approach, the talks will be in vain and uranium enrichment will continue with higher speed but as Tehran has always stressed, its nuclear program is for peaceful purpose and it will not move towards making A-Bomb because its Supreme Leader has called it haram (forbidden) and this fatwa will remain valid.