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Iran dismisses unilateralism in Vienna nuke talks

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TEHRAN: Iran’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Hossein Amirabdollahian has underscored that conclusion of the Vienna talks cannot be decided based on a unilateral approach.

The Iranian top diplomat wrote on his Twitter account on Friday: “Had a productive conversation w @JosepBorrellF today.”

Four Western diplomats had told media that the broad outline of a deal had been finalised and that there were only minor adjustments to be made. They insisted that Russia was now the main obstacle.

Amirabdollahian described his Thursday discussion with Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, as positive and constructive, stressing that the final decision on the talks in Vienna, Austria, to revive the 2015 nuclear deal and lift anti-Iran sanctions will be taken on the basis of collective consensus.
Pointing to endeavors made in eight rounds of the Joint Commission meetings of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Iranian FM tweeted: “Efforts to reach a good & durable agreement continue; it is within reach if US acts realistically & consistently.”
However, he warned: “No single party can determine end result; a joint endeavor is needed.”
Amirabdollahian went on to stipulating that all sides should take reasonable stance to pave the way for reaching an acceptable agreement in Vienna, tweeting: “Reason should prevail.”
The eighth round of the Joint Commission meetings of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) kicked off on December 27, 2021. 
Representatives from Iran, the European Union and the P4+1 group of countries, including Britain, France, Russia, China plus Germany made efforts to finalize a draft text for a potential Vienna agreement and they are trying to take decisions on certain outstanding issues.
Despite some attempts made by certain players such as the Zionist regime to sabotage the Vienna talks, the negotiations have been moving forward as most participants in the talks mentioned; although, there are still some remaining issues to be solved to pave the way for reaching a final deal.
The Islamic Republic has repeatedly underlined that it will continue to insist on respecting its redlines and rights during the Vienna talks.

Several Iranian officials appeared to toughen Tehran’s stance on Thursday. After months of remaining silent in the negotiations, Supreme Leader Ali Hosseini Khamenei was quoted by Iranian news agency as saying Iran would not be naive and bow to pressure to reduce its defensive power, regional presence and progress in nuclear technology.

“Regional presence gives us strategic depth and more power. Why should we give it up? Scientific progress in the nuclear field is related to our future needs, and if we give that up, will anyone help us in the future?” he said.

His top security official Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, on Twitter accused the US of not taking the necessary decisions, which was making the talks more complicated.

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