Pres. Raeisi: Iran will not stop talks on removal of sanctions, will not back down from its positions
President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi says the country will not stop the negotiations on the removal of sanctions imposed on the country, adding that the other parties to the talks must return to their commitments under the 2015 deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
According to Press TV, he made the remarks in a late Saturday televised interview in which he addressed the nation on various domestic and international issues.
Asked about the EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell’s visit to Iran, Raeisi said, “Our policy is to have the sanctions removed and these sanctions must be removed as soon as possible, because they are unjust and against the commitments of the US and Europe [under the JCPOA]. The other side must return to its commitments. This path will be followed; we follow the path of thwarting the sanctions.”
“The issue of [the sanctions removal] negotiations were discussed during the EU foreign policy chief’s visit to Tehran. We have no decision to stop the negotiations, but we will not back down from our positions,” Raeisi said in another part of the interview.
The chief executive said a headquarters has been set up under the direct command of the First Vice President Mohammad Mokhber to follow up on the removal of sanctions.
IAEA's anti-Iran resolution, step in wrong direction
The chief executive, meanwhile, criticized the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for issuing an anti-Iran resolution earlier this month, which accused the country of withholding cooperation with the agency.
Raeisi said the adoption of the resolution was a wrong move in the middle of the Vienna talks, adding, “The International Atomic Energy Agency had confirmed 15 times that there were no deviations in Iran’s nuclear activities.”
The president then described interaction with Iran's neighboring countries as a "priority" of his administration's foreign policy, saying adoption of the policy had resulted in a trade balance surplus of 450 percent for the country and increased trade with neighbors.
Iran has entered cooperation agreements with 18 countries, he said, noting that these countries were now on the receiving end of $2.5-billion worth of technical and engineering services exported to them by the Islamic Republic.
The president said the first quarter of this year witnessed a 20-percent growth in the level of commercial cooperation with the neighborly states, the president added.
Iran's Oil exports
Sounding upbeat about the country's oil exports and the resultant oil revenues, Raeisi said, "At the present time, [Iran's] oil sales are in a good condition and we are doing our best to get the foreign exchange earned through oil and non-oil exports back to the country."
The president finally said the situation is ripe for investment throughout the Islamic Republic, saying Tehran has entered into agreements that have paved the way for as much as 5-20 billion dollars worth of investment in the country.