TEHRAN – Iran’s top negotiator in talks to remove U.S. illegal sanctions says he will meet with the European Union’s Deputy Secretary General Enrique Mora in Brussels on Wednesday to continue “talks on result-oriented negotiation.”
In a tweet on Monday, Ali Baqeri-Kani said he will meet Mora, who also acts as the coordinator of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal’s Joint Commission, in Brussels to discuss the continuation of talks, several rounds of which were held earlier this year to bring back Washington into compliance with the accord, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), after the U.S. administration unilaterally quit the deal in 2018.
“Will meet JC Coordinator in Brussels on Wednesday to continue our talks on result-oriented negotiations,” Baqeri-Kani said.
In another tweet the same day, Baqeri-Kani said the Islamic Republic is determined to engage in negotiations that “would remove unlawful and cruel sanctions in a full & effective manner.”
He added that such talks must also “secure normalization of trade & economic relations w/ Iran, and provide credible guarantee for no further reneging.”
The U.S. sanctions have had an adverse impact on the Islamic Republic’s relations with several countries, including European ones.
The European Union foreign policy chief, Joseph Borrell, has said Iran should reap the economic benefits of the JCPOA in exchange for restrictions on its nuclear work.
In another tweet, Iran’s top negotiator warned against the continuation of the failed maximum pressure policy, saying it would only further complicate the negotiations.
“The continuation of the failed maximum pressure policy definitely will not remove any obstacle in ‘Negotiation to remove illegal & cruel sanctions’, rather will add more to already existing negotiations’ complexities,” Baqeri-Kani tweeted.
The U.S. special envoy for Iran, Robert Malley, has admitted that the Trump administration’s maximum pressure campaign against Iran “failed miserably” and “hurt U.S. interests”.
Baqeri-Kani also questioned the real readiness of the JCPOA parties to fulfill their commitments.
“The question is if our partners are genuinely ready to fulfill their commitments, including by calling out the non-participant violator to divorce from the past malign policies & legacy,” the top nuclear negotiator tweeted.
A spokesman for the EU also on Monday confirmed that the bloc’s top negotiator would meet his Iranian counterpart this week in Brussels for talks on restarting negotiations over the sanctions removal.
“I can confirm that a bilateral meeting with his Iranian counterpart is planned for this week,” spokesman Peter Stano told AFP.