Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov called on Thursday June 23 for talks in Vienna to save the 2015 nuclear deal to be resumed soon.
During a joint news conference of the foreign ministers in Tehran, Amir-Abdollahian called on the United States to be “realistic” about the efforts launched in April last year to revive the landmark agreement.
Lavrov arrived in Tehran on Wednesday for a two-day visit, the first since Ebrahim Raisi’s government took power last year.
Amir-Abdollahian said that Iran is “serious” about reaching a “good and lasting agreement.”
The talks stalled over key disagreements between Tehran and Washington, including the removal of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) from the US terror group list.
Amir-Abdollahian expressed his appreciation for the opposition of Russia, as well as China, at the meeting of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to a resolution against Iran to intensify its cooperation with the watchdog. UN nuclear.
Russia and China voted against the resolution drafted by the US and its European allies, while India, Pakistan and Libya abstained.
Amir-Abdollahian said his country’s top nuclear negotiator, Ali Bagheri, has been in contact with his European Union counterpart, Enrique Mora, and expressed confidence that the talks would return to normal soon.
He also commented on the increase in tensions between Iran and its historical enemy, Israel, saying that Tehran will not allow Tel Aviv to “jeopardize the stability and security” of the region.
Regarding Ukraine, Iran’s top diplomat said that they are opposed to war and see dialogue as the only viable solution to the crisis.
He added that in the near future his country hopes to host the meeting in Tehran in the same format as the Astana talks between Russia, Türkiye and Iran, through which the situation in Syria is being discussed.
Lavrov, for his part, said Russia hoped the US would make a “rational choice” by returning to the 2015 nuclear deal, which it unilaterally abandoned in May 2018.
In addition, he called on Washington to lift all sanctions imposed against Iran that violate the terms of the agreement, to which Moscow is a signatory.
This Wednesday night, the Russian foreign minister met with the Iranian president. Raisi’s office said both sides are committed to expanding bilateral ties to shape a “new era of win-win strategic cooperation.”
The Iranian leader further noted that US and NATO “provocations” were shaping the war in Ukraine, and called for coordinated efforts to resist NATO’s military expansion in West Asia.
*Aicha Sandoval Alaguna contributed to the writing of this article.
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