Apr 20, 2021 14:15 UTC
  • Iran says won’t give concessions beyond JCPOA framework

Administration of the Islamic Republic of Iran has rejected the possibility of giving concessions beyond those offered within the framework of the 2015 nuclear deal with major world states, as the diplomatic process continues in Vienna on the revival of the troubled agreement.

According to Press TV, Ali Rabiei, the administration’s spokesman, made the remarks during an online media briefing in Tehran on Tuesday, the same day that the parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) are set to hold a new round of talks on Washington’s removal of the illegal sanctions on Iran and Tehran’s reversal of its remedial measures.

Asked whether the negotiators have reached a consensus regarding the drafting issue and whether Iran is hopeful about a swift sanctions removal, he replied, “Technically, it is possible to lift all the sanctions that violate the JCPOA and fully revive the agreement in the short term. We hope to achieve the desired outcome through constructive negotiations.”

“We are in no hurry to reclaim our obvious rights in the agreement and we are not willing to give any concessions beyond the framework of the JCPOA,” he added.

“Contrary to some claims, the US administration can return, in a short time, to the JCPOA obligations, which it has violated, and we can quickly verify [the process] and … will swiftly return to our commitments,” Rabiei stressed.

Asked about the latest status of the Vienna talks, he quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi, Iran’s top negotiator, as saying that the Islamic Republic is not interested in revitalizing the JCPOA through a step-by-step plan and follows the policy stated by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei in this regard.

“The JCPOA strengthened national self-confidence and belief in domestic capability to reclaim the rights of the people. It highlighted the fact that it is possible to reclaim rights from the international community and reserve the right to engage in peaceful nuclear activities,” he said.