Iran Not to allow JCPOA talks to feature irrelevant issues: Envoy

A high-ranking Iranian diplomat said Tehran would resolutely stand by its assertion that neither the JCPOA talks nor the nuclear deal are allowed to feature any irrelevant subject matters such as Iran’s defensive missile program or its regional influence.

Kazem Gharibabadi, Iran’s permanent ambassador to Vienna-based international organizations, made the remarks in an interview published on Ayatollah Khamenei’s official website, Khamenei.ir, on Wednesday, reflecting on a warning issued by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei about the West’s intention to use the 2015 nuclear deal to enable interference in the country’s affairs.

He referred to the warning issued by Ayatollah Khamenei on Wednesday, during the Leader’s last meeting with the outgoing Iranian administration’s officials.

During the meeting, the Leader cited the administration’s experience of dealing with the West on the issue of the nuclear agreement as an important case in point that had clearly shown “trust in the West does not work and will not work (in the future either).”

Ayatollah Khamenei noted to the outgoing officials how the Western side had been trying — during the recent talks concerning the nuclear deal — to set up a condition in the deal that would turn into an excuse for the West’s subsequent interference in Iran’s affairs.

Since May, Iran has been attending talks in the Austrian capital with the remaining signatories of the agreement, except the United States, in order to explore the prospect of the deal’s potential revival following severe sabotage by Washington.

The US left the agreement, which is officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in 2018. It then reimposed the inhumane sanctions that the deal had partially lifted and started forcing other countries into abiding by the coercive economic measures too. Its threesome European allies in the accord—the UK, France, and Germany—were quick to align themselves with Washington’s new approach.

This is while both Washington’s withdrawal from the JCPOA, and its reversal of the sanctions are strictly prohibited under the international law, given the deal’s multilateral nature, and the fact that it has been ratified by the UN Security Council.