Iran: We want a commitment from the US Congress on the nuclear deal

Tehran (AFP) – 02/16/2022. 19:21

Iran negotiates as it advances its nuclear program

  • Vienna talks aim to save 2015 nuclear deal
  • The deal included relief from sanctions in exchange for restrictions on Tehran’s nuclear program

announced Iran It wants a “political declaration” from the US Congress in which the US pledges to return to and implement the nuclear deal.

During the Vienna talks aimed at salvaging the 2015 nuclear deal, I asked Iran Firm guarantees that a future US administration will not withdraw from a potential agreement, as it did in 2018.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said in an interview with the “Financial Times” newspaper, Wednesday, and published on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: “Public opinion in Iran cannot accept the statement of a president

A state as a guarantee, especially from the president of the United States, which withdrew from the nuclear deal” in 2018.

The Iranian foreign minister revealed that he asked the Iranian negotiators to suggest to the Western parties “that their parliaments or at least their presidents, including the US Congress, declare their commitment to

agreement and return to its implementation, in the form of a political declaration.

The agreement concluded in 2015 between Tehran and major powers included easing sanctions on Tehran in exchange for restrictions on its nuclear program, but the United States unilaterally withdrew from it in 2018 under the president

Donald Trump and reimposed economic sanctions, prompting Iran to back away from its commitments.

Iran and the signatories to the 2015 agreement, namely France, Britain, Germany, Russia and China, are holding talks to revive it, and Washington participates indirectly in the talks.

Iran claims clarity

Abdollahian added that “Iran’s commitments are clear as a mathematical equation,” saying, “What should we do, and how these measures will be verified, by International Atomic Energy AgencyIt’s quite clear, so you don’t have to worry at the other end.”

He said: “But we are still concerned about guarantees that America will not withdraw from the agreement,” adding: “We are facing problems in this period because the other side lacks a serious initiative.”

and resumed conversations The ongoing campaign took place in Vienna in late November after a months-long hiatus, following the election of conservative President Ibrahim Raisi in June.

The United States announced a month ago that it was ready for direct talks with Iran to resolve the outstanding problems, but Tehran announced that preconditions must be met before sitting at a negotiating table.

The Iranian foreign minister added: “We are not ready to enter into direct negotiations with the United States, if we do not have a clear horizon of reaching a good agreement with permanent guarantees.”

He said: “If the United States has real intentions to reach an agreement, it must take practical and tangible measures on the ground before direct talks and contacts can take place.”

Amir Abdollahian added, “Any dialogue, contact or direct negotiations with Washington will cost my government enormously.”

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