Raeisi slams US, European troika approach over Vienna talks

TEHRAN, Feb. 10 (MNA) – Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi in a tweet on Monday criticized the approach of the US and the European troika (UK, Germany, France) regarding the Vienna negotiations on lifting anti-Iran sanctions.

The Islamic Republic has announced its readiness for finalizing the negotiations and reaching a fair agreement months ago and has shown its goodwill to achieve this goal, President Raeisi said.

However, the United States and recently three European countries fell into delusion and miscalculation and instead of using the opportunity to negotiate, they sought to interfere in Iran's internal affairs, he added.

The JCPOA was signed in 2015 between Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany. Former US President Donald Trump illegally pulled out of the deal in 2018 while the current US President, Joe Biden, has signaled that he is ready to resurrect the agreement.

Russia, the UK, Germany, China, the US, and France have been in talks with Iran since April 2021 to reinstate the deal.

The talks to salvage the JCPOA kicked off in the Austrian capital of Vienna in April 2021, with the intention of examining Washington’s seriousness in rejoining the deal and removing anti-Iran sanctions.

The negotiations have been at a standstill since August due to Washington’s insistence on its hard-nosed position of not removing all the sanctions that were slapped on the Islamic Republic by the previous US administration. Iran maintains it is necessary for the other side to offer some guarantees that it will remain committed to any agreement that is reached.


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