TEHRAN (Dispatches) - Iran’s Government spokesman Ali Rabiyee has dismissed the possibility of any renegotiation of the 2015 landmark nuclear pact signed between Tehran and six major world states, stressing that the other sides only needs to fulfill its commitments and there is no need for further talks.
"Renegotiation of the JCPOA is out of the question, as Iran, China and Russia have already expressed their opposition,” Rabiei said at his weekly presser on Tuesday, using the abbreviation for the official title of the Iran deal -- the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
He reminded the European signatories to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – France, Germany and the UK (E3) – that a return to their commitments under the nuclear agreement did not require any dialogue.
The parties, he said, could simply honor the JCPOA without any need for new negotiations in case the incoming administration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden repealed the policies of its predecessor.
Meanwhile, Russia’s Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov called on Iran and the E3 to put aside their existing differences, and try to resolve the lingering issues.
"For a long time E-3, on the one hand, and Iran, on the other, refer to Dispute Resolution Mechanism. It is counterproductive. All of us are in one boat. We should focus on how to settle the existing problems and should not create new ones. This applies to all JCPOA participants,” he wrote in a post published on his official Twitter page on Tuesday.
Furthermore, Josep Borrell, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, voiced support for intensive diplomacy and efforts to facilitate US return to the JCPOA.
U.S. Must Lift Iran
Sanctions Before Returning to Nuclear Deal
Ali Akbar Velayati, a top advisor to Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, also said If Washington wants to get back to the nuclear deal of 2015 with Iran, it must first lift all the sanctions it has imposed on the Islamic Republic.
"We do not insist, nor are we in a hurry to see the United States return. But if it wants to return, there are conditions, the most important of which is to remove sanctions to prove that the new administration is committed to the JCPOA obligations,” Ali Akbar Velayati said, referring to the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
"It’s up to them if they want to return or not, but ... they must make up for past failures. Their past failures were that they not only did nothing to lift sanctions, but intensified them and this was against their commitments under the [nuclear] deal.”
"If any administration in the United States makes a commitment, it will be binding for subsequent administrations as well. It is not the case that every administration has their own commitment. So, we fulfilled our commitments, but they violated the obligations and it is natural that if they want to return, they should lift the sanctions,” Velayati said.
The senior advisor to the Leader expressed regret that France, Germany, and the United Kingdom, which represent the European Union in the 2015 nuclear deal, had imposed many restrictions on Tehran in compliance with the United States, and in some ways had also imposed indirect sanctions.