Any deal in Vienna must include removal of all anti-Iran sanctions: President – Reuters

Presidents Ebrahim Raisi of Iran and Emmanuel Macron of France, in a telephone conversation on Saturday, discussed the status of the ongoing talks in Vienna between Tehran and the other five signatories of the 2015 Iran agreement , officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). ), aimed at ensuring the revival of the agreement.

Raisi said Iran’s negotiating team has repeatedly announced that it welcomes initiatives that will ensure the provision and protection of the nation’s rights.

He added that some “political pressure or demands were made in an effort to maintain the leverage of pressure on the Iranian nation, which undermines the prospect of reaching an agreement (in Vienna).”

He noted that the Iranian delegation was advancing the talks in the Austrian capital with “seriousness”, saying: “During the (Vienna) negotiations, the Islamic Republic of Iran made constructive proposals and considered the proposals made by the other side of the talks on the basis of their conformity with the interests of the Iranian people”.

The United States left the Iran deal in 2018 and began implementing what it called the “maximum pressure” sanctions campaign against the Islamic Republic, depriving the country of the economic benefits of the agreement, including the lifting of sanctions, for which Iran had agreed to certain ceilings for its nuclear activities.

In the meantime, the other parties to the agreement, in particular France, Britain and Germany, have only paid lip service to safeguard Iran’s economic dividends as promised under the of the JCPOA, urging Iran – after a full year of “strategic patience” – to reduce its nuclear obligations as a legal step under the agreement.

The Vienna talks began last April on the assumption that the United States, under the Joe Biden administration, is ready to repeal the so-called maximum pressure policy pursued by former President Donald Trump.

Tehran says it will settle for nothing less than the removal of all US sanctions in a verifiable manner. He also wants guarantees that Washington will not abandon the deal again.

The leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, said on Thursday that enemies were seeking to deprive Iranians of peaceful nuclear energy, stressing once again that the Islamic Republic had never sought to equip itself with nuclear power. nuclear weapons.

“You see how oppressively the enemy front is focusing on the issue of our nuclear energy. They (the enemy) impose sanctions on us because of the nuclear energy (program) which they know is peaceful. And anything they can say about the fact that Iran is at some point producing a (nuclear) bomb is nonsense and meaningless,” the leader said.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Raisi said that the history of Iran’s interaction with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the agency’s numerous reports verifying the peaceful nature of the country’s nuclear activities proved the false allegations of some countries against Tehran.

“In order to prove its goodwill, the Islamic Republic of Iran has always emphasized (its) professional cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency and we must be vigilant about the enemies’ plots in this regard,” he said. underlined the Iranian president.

Stressing Iran’s active role in the fight against terrorism alongside Iraq and Syria, Raisi said that the effective confrontation of the Islamic Republic, especially the efforts of Iran’s counter-terrorism commander, Lt. -General Qassem Soleimani, have prevented Daesh (ISIL or ISIS) terrorists from gaining a foothold in Europe.

The French president, for his part, said that good progress had been made in the talks in Vienna and expressed hope that the negotiations between Iran and the P4+1 group of countries would bear fruit as soon as possible.

The Iranian and French presidents also discussed the latest regional developments and the COVID-19 pandemic.

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