MEPs hail Iran’s negotiating team in Vienna

TEHRAN — A number of senior Iranian lawmakers have praised Iran’s negotiating team in Vienna for its groundbreaking approach to the West.

Mohammad Javad Karimi Ghoddousi, a member of Iran’s parliament’s national security and foreign policy committee, said Iran’s negotiating team had shown a toughness rarely seen against the West.

“The 13th Government’s negotiating team is negotiating with revolutionary vision and unprecedented resistance against the Western side, and has been able to uphold the country’s achievements in nuclear, science and technology,” he told Iranian news agency IRNA.

He added, “The strategy and policy of the 13th government negotiating team is logical and based on faith and revolutionary support. Based on these beliefs, the nuclear negotiating team was able to prove its effectiveness in the negotiating environment. The negotiating team still represents the revolutionary and Muslim nation of Iran and must negotiate at the negotiating table with revolutionary and Islamic logic and with the literature of diplomats.

The lawmaker took a swipe at Iran’s former negotiating team, saying they were soft on the West and gave in to Western demands.

Karimi Ghoddousi pointed out that the details of the Vienna talks had been followed in several meetings of the parliamentary committee.

“The negotiating team’s explanation of the system’s red lines on nuclear technology and the lifting of sanctions during committee meetings was entirely logical and compelling and deserves praise.”

“The negotiating team was even able to obtain concessions from the other side. And Westerners have been forced to give up some of their irrational demands,” he said.

According to Karimi Ghoddousi, in the new round of talks, the result will be such that Iran fulfills its obligation and the other parties verify this.

Negotiating team’s attitude and resistance led to Western side’s passivity in negotiations, lawmaker said, adding nuclear negotiating team refused to back down even a little revolutionary positions and drawn frameworks.

Abbas Moqtadai, another lawmaker who is the deputy head of the parliamentary committee, also praised the Iranian negotiating team, saying the resistance of the negotiators was making the West passive.

“The resistance of the negotiating team made the West passive in the negotiations, in the war of wills, the Iranian nation dictated its resistance and victory to the other side,” he told IRNA. .

he added: “According to the instructions of the leader, we must create a culture in the country according to which, despite the efforts of the diplomatic apparatus to advance the objectives of the system, the internal affairs of the country must not be linked to negotiations. . ”

In his remarks on Tuesday, the leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, referred to the right direction being followed by the country’s diplomats, suggesting that “officials should not wait for the nuclear issue to be resolved at all.” Based on the realities of the country, they should plan and take action to solve the country’s problems. »

Ayatollah Khamenei described the officials in charge of the negotiations as revolutionary, pious and diligent individuals.

“The Minister of Foreign Affairs and other officials involved in the negotiations submit detailed reports to the centers of the country. It is normal to criticize and evaluate their performance provided that these opinions are devoid of distrust and pessimism. As I have said many times before, such views should not undermine the individuals involved or cause people to lose hope,” he stressed.

Expressing his satisfaction with the resistance of the negotiating team to the greed of the other parties, the leader of the Islamic revolution said: “The other party has withdrawn from the JCPOA and broken its commitments. Now they feel helpless and find themselves at an impasse. But the Islamic Republic will pass through this stage as it has gone through many stages before it relying on its people.

Talks in Vienna on reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), have stalled on a number of issues.

Iran has demanded that the Biden administration remove the IRGC from the US list of foreign terrorist organizations because it believes the Trump administration’s decision to designate the group a foreign terrorist organization was politically motivated and designed to make it difficult , if not impossible, the next administration to resurrect the 2015 nuclear deal.

The US initially refused to remove the IRGC from the list and is now trying, according to press reports, to keep a relatively small branch of the IRGC on the list while removing the military group from the list.

Lebanese newspaper Al Akhbar reported on Wednesday that Washington had offered to remove the IRGC from the list and instead keep the IRGC’s Quds Force on the list, a move that was rejected by Iran.

Quoting a diplomatic source, the Lebanese newspaper said that the logic behind the refusal of the American offer is that Iran fears that any American decision to keep part of the IRGC under sanctions would increase the risks associated with commercial relations with the country. Iran for certain foreign companies, reducing Iran’s economic benefits from a revived JCPOA.

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