In an intensive interview with Iran Newspaper, the official each day of the federal government of Iran, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian mentioned a variety of matters, together with nuclear talks with the world powers and regional international locations within the Middle East.
One of the extra fascinating matters raised by Amir-Abdollahian was the involvement of regional international locations within the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the 5 everlasting members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany, which resulted within the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Amir-Abdollahian stated that he had all the time supported informing regional international locations, even international locations Iran doesn’t have relations with, of the specifics of the JCPOA.
When requested by the interviewer, Maryam Salari, if Amir-Abdollahian supported informing even Saudi Arabia, Iran’s regional rival, of the small print of the talks, the international minister stated that he had requested his Omani counterpart to tell “all countries in the Persian Gulf region.” He added that he’ll quickly be on a regional journey the place he intends to tell “neighbors and friends of the nuclear talks.”
Amir-Abdollahian continued that the United States, throughout the Rouhani administration, was the celebration that conveyed messages to regional international locations in regards to the talks with a view to create fear about Iran and its nuclear program. He additionally stated that everybody mistakenly noticed the JCPOA as “geopolitical.” Amir-Abdollahian said that he sees Iran as a “nuclear movement pioneer in the region” and that today “many countries in the region are pursuing peaceful nuclear energy.”
According to the top diplomat, regional talks should have never been contingent on the nuclear talks, and Iran is ready for serious regional talks. He confirmed that there have been a number of rounds of talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia.
Linking the nuclear talks to any other issue “sends the opposing side on the wrong path,” Amir-Abdollahian said. As an example, he said that there had been an agreement to conduct a prisoner exchange between dual citizens held in Iran and Iranian citizens held abroad. He said that at the last minute the US intervened with the United Kingdom and asked them to hold off in order to complete the Vienna talks, which are being held to get the US back into JCPOA and Iran into full compliance.
After the prisoner exchange fell through, Amir-Abdollahian said that he told his British counterpart that “we have to separate these issues.” He also added that situations like this show America’s “lack of seriousness.” He said that matters like this should be “simplified, not made complex.”
When the Vienna talks will resume has been a source of constant media attention. Today, Nov. 1, foreign minister spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that the Vienna talks would begin in two or three weeks.