Jun 13, 2021 19:00 UTC
  • Iran top negotiator: We need to have a good deal to address our key concerns, meet our key objectives

Iran’s top negotiator in the Vienna talks on the revival of a landmark 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers says the Iranian delegation seeks a good deal that would address the Islamic Republic’s key concerns and will continue negotiations until such a deal is reached.

 “We need to have a good deal and a good deal is when our key concerns are addressed and our key objectives are met,” Abbas Araghchi, who is also Iran’s deputy foreign minister for political affairs, told Press TV in an exclusive interview after Iran and the P4+1 group of countries ended the first day of the 6th round of their talks on Saturday.

 “And we continue negotiations as much as needed without wasting our time or without letting anybody else waste our time. We continue negotiations, we are not in a hurry. We don’t have any deadline for ourselves,” he added.

Araghchi noted that the important point for Iran is to reach a deal, which would address Iran’s “key requirements and positions” already announced by Iran’s delegates.

“There are many technicalities to be resolved and we decided today to continue our discussion, [and] our talks very intensively at both political and expert levels.... I think all questions are able to be resolved, if the other side can make ... their decisions, especially on difficult issues,” Iran’s top negotiator said.

Araghchi noted that "Iran has already made its difficult decision when it decided to stay in the deal, after the US’ illegal withdrawal from the JCPOA."

"Now it is the time for the other sides. If they want to return to the JCPOA, [and] if they want the Islamic Republic of Iran to return to full implementation of its commitments in the JCPOA, they have to make their difficult decisions and they have to make sure, this is very important, they have to assure the Islamic Republic of Iran that what happened in the past is not going to be repeated in the future.”

The top Iranian diplomat had earlier said that it is unlikely that the Vienna talks would be concluded this week.

In a tweet on Saturday, the Russian Ambassador to International Organizations in Vienna, Mikhail Ulyanov, said senior diplomats from Iran and the P4+1 group of countries “reiterated their determination to bring the negotiations to a successful conclusion” as soon as possible.