Iran deputy FM arrives in Brussels for JCPOA talks

TEHRAN, Oct. 26 (MNA) – Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs arrived in the Belgian capital of Brussels on Tuesday to hold talks for JCPOA talks on Wednesday.

Ali Bagheri Kani wrote in a series of tweets on his Twitter account yesterday that he "Will meet JC Coordinator in Brussels on Wednesday to continue our talks on result-oriented negotiations."

Bagheri Kani added, "Iran is determined to engage in negotiations that would remove unlawful and cruel sanctions in a full & effective manner, secure normalization of trade & economic relations w/ Iran, and provide credible guarantee for no further reneging."

"The question is if our partners are genuinely ready to fulfill their commitments, including by calling out the non-participant violator to divorce from the past malign policies & legacy," the deputy FM also noted.

At the same time, Bagheri Kani further stressed, "The continuation of the failed maximum pressure policy definitely will not remove any obstacle in negotiation to remove illegal & cruel sanctions, rather will add more to already existing negotiations’ complexities."

Iran and the remaining signatories to the JCPOA known as the P4+1 held six rounds of talks so far with no results earlier this year between March and June. The Western powers made excessive demands during the talks and the talks were postponed at the end of the previous Iranian administration under Rouhani until the formation of the new government in Iran under President Ebrahim Raeisi.

The new Iranian administration has vowed that it will return to the Vienna talks if they are result-oriented and can yield tangible results for Iran in terms of the removal of the sanctions and abidance of the parties by the JCPOA provisions.

Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Saturday that the nuclear talks with P4+1 will resume soon.

In the latest development with regards to the talks, it was also announced yesterday that deputy Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani will hold a meeting with the EU's Enrique Mora in Brussels on Wednesday. Tehran has also said that the Brussels talks between Iran and the EU need to take place before the Vienna talks with P4+1.

Meanwhile, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on October 5 that Iran will return to Vienna as soon as the internal review process is concluded with no preconditions. 

Amid the indifference of the JCPOA parties to continued US violations of the JCPOA, Iran halted voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol, which allows unannounced inspections of its nuclear sites by the IAEA inspectors as per a piece of legislation approved in the Iranian parliament last December.

Iran has also increased the level of uranium enrichment beyond the level allowed under the JCPOA in accordance with the accord itself.

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