Iran’s top nuclear negotiator will head to Europe this week as Tehran reaffirms demands for US guarantees over JCPOA
The news comes just 21 days before Iranian officials return to Vienna to resume talks to revive the Obama-era nuclear deal
By News Desk - November 08 2021

Ali Bagheri Kani. (Photo credit: Tasnim News Agency)

On 8 November Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Saeed Khatibzadeh, announced during a press conference that Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Baqeri Kani will visit London, Paris, and Berlin this coming week.

Khatibzadeh also said that Tehran stands firm in its demands that the US should provide guarantees saying it will not abandon the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) for a second time, if talks to revive the 2015 agreement succeed.

“The US should show that it has the capability and will to provide guarantees that it will not abandon the deal again if the talks to revive the deal succeed,” the Foreign Ministry spokesman said during a virtual news conference.

Later, official sources confirmed to The Cradle that Baqeri will visit France on 9 November and the UK on 12 November. However, no information was provided regarding the exact date of his visit to Germany.

Previously Tehran announced they would rejoin talks in Vienna to revive the JCPOA on 29 November.

The announcement came just a few hours before an official phone call between Liz Truss, the United Kingdom’s Foreign Secretary, and Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian, during which two discussed the latest developments on the restart of the Vienna negotiations.

Iran’s top diplomat reminded his British counterpart that most of the trade and financial agreements between the two countries have not been implemented since the signing of the JCPOA in 2015.

Boosting trade and facilitating financial relations between the two sides requires actions by London, Abdollahian noted.

According to the Iranian Foreign Ministry, he also blamed the US for the current situation of the JCPOA agreement, while also lamenting Europe’s inaction, as he said some European parties to the deal have also added fuel to the fire by refusing to fulfill their commitments and by remaining silent in the face of Washington’s provocative actions.

According to the Iranian chief diplomat, the nuclear talks can only be successful if the US lifts all economic sanctions and all parties return to their commitments; and if the US provides all the necessary guarantees for the execution of what would be agreed in Vienna and a verification of the actions of other parties.

For her part, Truss assured Iran of the seriousness of the E3 (UK, Germany, and France) in resuming talks in Vienna.

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