Iran shares confidence over resumption of Vienna nuclear talks in Austria
Russia–Iran’s foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian met with his Russian counterpart Serge Lavrov in Moscow on Wednesday. During the meet he shared his hopes that talks on nuclear deal will restart soon in Austria. Iran is all set to resume talks about rejoining the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in Vienna.
“The government of (President Ebrahim) Raisi is pragmatic, it is looking for results. We are waiting for the opposite side to show us their true intentions. The Islamic Republic (Iran) stands for logic, for dialogue, for negotiations, but negotiations that should lead to a result and ensure the rights of the people of Iran and have all parties returned to fulfilling their obligations. In the near future we will decide on the terms of the return to negotiations,” said Abdollahian after his meeting with the Russian Foreign Minister.
The Iranian diplomat claimed he had received positive messages from the USA about Washington being “serious” of restoring the nuclear deal during his last month’s visit to New York to attend the UN General Assembly. Abdollahian has reportedly asked US to unblock $10 billion worth of Iranian assets in overseas banks. “Our understanding is that although Mr. Biden uses different rhetoric from Trump, he is guided by the Trump dossier,” the minister said.
During the meeting in Moscow, Lavrov said that Russia believes deal can be restored through implementation of original agreements under the JCPOA that was signed in 2015 based on mutual interests. “The talks in Vienna should be resumed as soon as possible. At the same time, talks are not an end in themselves. The world community is waiting for the United States to return to the legal field of the deal and the cancellation of illegal restrictions both against Iran and its economic partners,” he said.
Meanwhile, Moscow and Tehran are working towards strengthening bilateral relations. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iran’s recently elected Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi are planning a meeting soon. “In the not-too-distant future, we hope that the presidents of our countries can hold a meeting in one of the capitals. Our agreement on this topic shows that our relations are strategic and privileged. We perceive Russia as a strategic partner of Iran, Russia occupies a priority place in our foreign policy, and we hope that we will soon see development in all directions,” Abdollahian said.