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Iran FM on Sanctions: US Admin. Should Have the Courage to Correct Past Mistakes
By Staff, Agencies
Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian says the United States’ current administration should have the courage to correct its predecessor’s mistakes concerning re-imposition of oppressive sanctions against Iran.
“The United States’ current administration should have the audacity to rectify the White House’s past mistakes,” the minister told European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrel during a phone call on Friday.
In 2018, the incumbent US President Joe Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump took Washington out of a 2015 deal between the Islamic Republic and others. Trump also re-imposed the illegal sanctions that the accord had lifted.
The Austrian capital of Vienna has, since last year, been holding many rounds of talks between Tehran and the remaining participants in the agreement – that is officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action [JCPOA] – aimed at exploring the potential of the deal’s revival and fresh removal of the sanctions.
“There are no doubts about the Iranian government’s will to reach a good, strong, and sustainable agreement [in Vienna],” Amir Abdollahian said.
“The White House should abandon its excessive demands and its indecision and walk down the path of realism and resolution [of the standing differences],” he added.
The top diplomat, meanwhile, expressed gratitude towards Borrell and his deputy Enrique Mora over their efforts to coordinate the talks.
Borrell, for his part, appreciated the Islamic Republic’s will for conclusion of an agreement and the various initiatives that the Islamic Republic has come up with to facilitate the prospect.
He, however, expressed disappointment concerning a mid-March-present pause that has been announced in the negotiations, urging fresh talks between the EU’s representative and Iran’s top negotiator Ali Baqeri-Kani.
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