Awaiting the eighth round of Vienna talks… Iran concludes its military exercises and warns Israel: We will cut off their hands if they make any mistake

Today, Friday, Iran concluded large-scale military exercises in the south of the country, during which it tested the simultaneous launch of ballistic missiles towards a single target. This comes in light of anticipation for the eighth round of nuclear talks in Vienna next Monday.

On the fifth and final day of the “The Greatest Messenger” maneuvers, state television showed footage of the launch of a number of ballistic missiles from different platforms in a desert area, almost simultaneously.

“This is part of the Iranian missile force, 16 missiles hit the same target, this is a small part of hundreds of missiles capable of destroying any country that wants to attack Iran,” said Iranian Chief of Staff Major General Mohammad Bagheri.

He added, in statements to the television, that these maneuvers fall within the annual agenda of the Iranian armed forces, but what he described as empty Israeli threats led to them being conducted at this time.

Bagheri indicated that the missiles launched during the maneuvers proved their accuracy and effectiveness in hitting the target, which reflects a small part of Iran’s military capabilities, as he put it.

For his part, the commander of the Revolutionary Guards, Major General Hossein Salami, stressed that the maneuvers are a “serious warning in the face of threats from officials of the Zionist regime,” warning that “if they make any mistake, we will cut off their hands.”

Last Monday, the Revolutionary Guards began exercises “The Greatest Messenger 17” in 3 provinces in the south of the country, which included missile tests from land and sea, and exercises for land and naval forces, according to local media.

Since last Monday, the Revolutionary Guards started the “The Great Prophet 17” maneuvers in 3 provinces in the south of the country (Reuters)

Looking forward to the negotiations

This comes in light of anticipation for an eighth round of talks in Vienna, European calls to speed up the pace of negotiations, and Iranian calls for seriousness in them.

The European Coordinator for Negotiations, Enrique Mora, confirmed that the next round of these talks will start next Monday, pointing to the need to accelerate the discussion of the main outstanding issues.

For its part, Tehran called on all parties to negotiate seriously, and reiterated the need to lift sanctions in any agreement.

As for the Russian envoy for negotiations, Mikhail Ulyanov, he considered that holding the round before Christmas is an indication that the parties feel the danger of wasting time, and the importance of quickly restoring the nuclear agreement.

For his part, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian affirmed that the seventh round of nuclear negotiations has achieved important progress, and stressed the need to lift sanctions in any agreement.

Abdullahian added that if the West wants to dispel its concern about Iran’s nuclear program, it must return to commitment to the nuclear agreement, and lift the sanctions imposed on Tehran.

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A member of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security Committee, Abu al-Fadl Amawi, had pointed out some features of this progress.

He considered that the seventh round of negotiations made it possible to reach a draft of 12 items, and that the dispute still exists regarding approximately 10 points, and indicated that this draft will constitute 80% of any possible agreement.

The Iranian official stated that the fate of uranium enriched by more than 3.7% is one of the points of contention, stressing that his country refuses to transfer the stock of low-enriched uranium outside the country.

In turn, China called on the parties involved in the next round of the Vienna talks to take serious positions and push forward the negotiations.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian stressed the need for the United States to correct what he described as its wrong policies toward Iran, and to lift sanctions.

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