Iran won’t back down ‘one iota’ on its red lines in nuclear talks (FM)

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Iran has said it will not move “one iota” on its red lines during ongoing talks aimed at a possible relaunch of the 2015 nuclear deal with countries around the world.

Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks on Wednesday during a speech to the Assembly of Experts, Iran’s top leadership oversight body.

The senior diplomat assured that while participating in the talks, the Iranian government was carefully observing “the lines that have been drawn by the leader of the Islamic Revolution [Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei]“towards a neutralization of sanctions in parallel with the negotiation process.

The red lines “are the subject of particular attention by the President [Ebrahim Raeisi]”, said Amir-Abdollahian, adding: “The Ministry of Foreign Affairs [too] follows the same path seriously and strongly.”

The United States, under Trump, left the nuclear deal in 2018, returning the sanctions it had lifted.

The Austrian capital of Vienna has hosted numerous rounds of talks since last year to discuss the prospect of restoring the accord and removing inhumane and illegal sanctions.

Describing the government’s economic performance, Amir-Abdollahian also said that the administration did not link the country’s economy and the livelihoods of the Iranian people to the issue of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the official title of the nuclear deal, and the potential removal of the sanctions.

The Foreign Minister then addressed the issue of Iran’s status as a major regional and international player, saying that “no party is able to ignore the important role and position of the Islamic Republic of Iran in any regional political and security arrangement”.

He also praised the fact that the country’s foreign policy follows a “very promising” and “forward-looking” trend in the various political, economic, commercial, cultural and security fields.

On the issue of the Islamic Republic’s economic ties with the outside world, Amir-Abdollahian said the Iranian government is pursuing a “balanced foreign policy”, which prioritizes ties with the country’s neighbors as well as with Asian countries. .

Amir-Abdollahian also noted that all US efforts to establish new political and security arrangements in the region that would exclude the Islamic Republic “have ended in defeat”.

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