Jan 5, 2022, 2:40 PM
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Compliance with JCPOA to guarantee successful Vienna talks: Analyst

Tehran, IRNA - The Western side should take into consideration Iran's concerns about lifting sanctions in order to reach a consensus in the Vienna talks; this would make a balance in commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal, an Iranian expert believes.

Abbas Aslani, an expert in foreign policy issues, told IRNA on Wednesday that the Islamic Republic complied with its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in 2015, but three European powers (Britain, France, and Germany) did not keep up their end of bargain. 

Certain European countries, such as France, had even adopted harsh stances, which was a sort of stumbling block to reaching the deal during the negotiations at that time, he noted.

When former US president Donald Trump withdrew from the JCPOA in May 2018, not only did any one of the European trios comply with their commitments, they also resorted to issuing unhelpful statements, the analyst added.

As to the current US administration's hesitation to lift anti-Iran sanctions in accordance with what President Joe Biden promised during his presidential campaign, Aslani said that during his tenure's negotiations to revive the nuclear deal, Europeans did not abide by their commitments, and even put pressure on Iranian negotiating team and portrayed themselves as the party that has the right to expect the other side to retreat, while Iran implemented obligations under the JCPOA.

Now, France and certain other European states play the role of the bad cop and replace each other in playing this role and taking stances harsher than Americans', he argued.

Certain third parties such as the Zionist regime are trying to disrupt the talks in Vienna, Austria, via the European trio in continuation of the regime's policy to persuade the signatories to the JCPOA to pull out of the deal, the expert said.

Balancing commitments under JCPOA
Aslani went on to say that as Enrique Mora, the European Union's representative in the Vienna talks, emphasized, the current pace of negotiations indicates that the Iranian negotiators are cooperating with the other sides to reach consensus on nuclear issues.

However, the Iranian pundit mentioned, the Europeans have not shown enough cooperation concerning the removal of anti-Iran sanctions; therefore, the progress of negotiations has not been as it was expected.

The Iranian side pays attention to lifting of sanctions and the European side pursues nuclear issues; thus, the two sides should find a balanced solution, which is accepted by both parties, he said.

The eighth round of talks in Vienna is very important because seriousness of the Western side to review its policies and lift anti-Iran sanctions can end up in an agreement, he said.

According to the analyst, the West pursues squeezing more and giving less concessions, so as long as the Western sides continue the imbalance, there would be no progress in Vienna talks.  


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