Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has once again reiterated the country’s firm determination to reach a final agreement with the P4+1 group of countries, emphasizing, however, that Tehran will, at the same time, continue to observe its red lines.
“In addition to political initiatives, the Islamic Republic of Iran has repeatedly shown in practice the will required to reach a good, strong and lasting agreement in the course of the sanctions removal negotiations” in Vienna, Amir-Abdollahian said in a phone call with Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney on Tuesday.
The top Iranian diplomat pointed to Coveney’s visit to Tehran in February and hailed his “constructive” efforts to help pave the way for a final deal between Iran and the five remaining parties to the 2015 deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
“Now, it is the American side that must move to correct [former US president Donald] Trump’s unlawful behavior through a realistic approach and to take steps in the direction of political initiatives,” Amir-Abdollahian said.
Several rounds of negotiations have been held in the Austrian capital since April 2021 to bring the US back into the Iran deal. The US diplomats are not allowed to join the talks directly due to their country’s withdrawal on May 8, 2018.
Recent weeks have brought the talks to a new impasse, as the US insists on its refusal to remove Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) from its foreign terrorist organization list.
Iran maintains that the IRGC’s designation in 2019 was part of the former Trump administration’s so-called maximum pressure campaign against Iran, and therefore, it has to be reversed unconditionally.
The Joe Biden administration disagrees, even though it has admitted on countless occasions that Trump’s maximum pressure policy has been a disastrous failure. It has retained the IRGC’s designation as leverage in the talks.