Iran adheres to its conditions for the success of the nuclear negotiations and accuses the IAEA of discriminatory treatment

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said in a call with the European Union’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell that a good and immediate agreement can be reached on Iran’s nuclear program if the rest of the parties are ready to lift sanctions and implement the agreement.

Abdullahian added that his country would seriously participate in the Vienna talks and wanted a good consensus whose implementation could be verified, pointing out that the real return to the agreement means commitment to it, and real guarantees are required so that Washington does not withdraw from it, as he put it.

Everyone is awaiting the resumption of negotiations next Monday in Vienna, after they were suspended since last June, between Iran and the major powers participating in the 2015 nuclear agreement, in an attempt to save it.

Tehran and the countries that are still party to the agreement will participate in the Vienna negotiations, at a time when the participation of the United States will be indirect.

On the other hand, Iran accused the International Atomic Energy Agency of discriminatory treatment, a few days after it hosted the agency’s director, Rafael Grossi, in Tehran.

“It is a reality. The International Atomic Energy Agency does not treat Iran as it should, and he reminded us of that several times,” Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman for the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization, told state television on Thursday evening.

Iranian Atomic Energy Organization spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi (Lebanese Press)

He considered that Iran is treated in this way because “international organizations are subject to the influence of powerful countries.” “Powerful countries fund these organizations and put pressure on them,” he said.

“The talks were constructive, but we were not able to reach an agreement despite all my efforts,” Rafael Grossi announced last Wednesday, on the first day of the agency’s governors’ meetings, upon his return from Tehran.

“We are trying, in the face of the behavior of the international community, to assert our rights and counter the negative image they are trying to create against us. They (Westerners) say that we are seeking a nuclear weapon and that we must be prevented at any cost,” Kamalvandi said. “The nuclear industry is an essential industry and we must engage in it. We must not give up and continue our efforts,” he added.

The agreement was concluded between Iran on the one hand and the United States, Britain, China, Russia, France and Germany on the other hand, and stipulated the lifting of part of the international sanctions that stifled Tehran’s economy in return for significantly reducing its nuclear activities and placing its nuclear program under strict control by the United Nations. However, the effects of the agreement have become It has been in nullity since 2018, when the United States unilaterally withdrew from it under former President Donald Trump and re-imposed harsh sanctions on Iran.

In response, in 2019 Iran gradually began to roll back many of its core commitments under the agreement. While Western countries accuse Iran of “violating” the agreement through this retreat, Tehran asserts that its steps are “compensatory” after the US withdrawal.

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