Oct 18, 2021, 10:33 AM
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FM Spox: Issues unsolved in Vienna to be discussed in Brussels

Tehran, IRNA - Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh has evaluated recent talks between Iranian and European officials on the 2015 nuclear deal as positive, noting that the two sides will continue negotiation in Brussels, de facto capital of the European Union.

Addressing reporters in a Monday briefing, Khatibzadeh pointed to a meeting between Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian and EU's deputy foreign policy chief Enrique Mora in Tehran on Thursday, saying that Iran explained some issues and the two sides agreed to resume talks in Brussels, Belgium, to negotiate on those nuclear issues which were not been resolved in Vienna, Austria, so far.

As to Mora's comments on restricted time for Iran to return to the nuclear talks, Khatibzadeh stated that Thursday talks were constructive and good as the Islamic Republic conveyed issues to the European coordinator and they reached a consensus about the continuation of the nuclear talks in Brussels within a few days.

The consensus has been a bilateral agreement, he said, adding that subjects, challenges and obstacles, which have not been decided on in Vienna, will be discussed in Brussels.

According to the spokesman, Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani will definitely make comments on the resumption of nuclear talks between the Islamic Republic and other signatories to the nuclear agreement also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Asked about the potential replacement of Abbas Araqchi, Iran's former top nuclear negotiator, with Ali Bagheri Kani, the spokesman noted that the nuclear talks will be followed up by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and that the new negotiations team will be introduced in the future.

However, Bagheri Kani will visit Brussels to continue last week's talks and hold negotiations on issues raised in Tehran, Khatibzadeh noted.

Based on comments made by President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, the Islamic Republic is determined to continue nuclear talks, the spokesman said, arguing that challenges and problems of six rounds of talks in Vienna are being reviewed by the 13th administration in Tehran.

Iran has never set any precondition for the United States, because the US is not a signatory to the JCPOA, he said, adding that all negotiations have been made to assure full compliance of the US with United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231 as well as its commitments under the nuclear deal.

The main aim is to assure that all sanctions will be lifted and the US should guarantee that future administrations will abide by the JCPOA, he stipulated.

Referring to the Biden administration's policy towards Iran, he quoted FM Amirabdollahian as saying that President Joe Biden has continued his predecessor's method of putting illegal pressures on Tehran.
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