Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has been making headlines not too long ago with feedback on when the nuclear talks with world powers in Vienna will resume. Rather than giving actual dates, he seems to be having fun with the highlight and a focus afforded his place given the worldwide give attention to the paused negotiations.
During a tv interview Oct. 3, Amir-Abdollahian stated Iran “is serious about the negotiations, and we will return to the negotiations soon.” He didn’t specify when “soon” is, however he stated Iran is at present finalizing its negotiation workforce.
One of the brand new members of the workforce is Ali Bagheri, a former protege of hard-liner and nuclear negotiator Saeed Jalili. It was hoped by some that former deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi would stay on the workforce in some capability, however each the appointment of Bagheri as deputy international minister and Amir-Abdollahian’s feedback in the course of the interview that he could be a part of the talks appear to have dashed these hopes.
Amir-Abdollahian did say the nuclear negotiations would nonetheless be supervised and carried out by way of the Foreign Ministry. There had been studies the nuclear file might be despatched again to the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC). The administration of former President Hassan Rouhani eliminated the nuclear file from the SNSC with a view to enable former Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to have extra leverage and freedom to conduct the talks. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who has the ultimate say on all state issues, can be doubtless carefully monitoring the talks.
Regardless of when the talks begin, Amir-Abdollahian has expressed quite a few occasions that Iran’s “economic system won’t be tied to the nuclear talks and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA),” the official name for the nuclear deal between Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany. He said the work “of the foreign minister will not be delayed due to” the deal, meaning he would not wait idly by and hope all of Iran’s problems could be solved through a nuclear deal.
In reference to the friendly relations previous Iranian negotiators had with their Western counterparts, Amir-Abdollahian said, “We’re not coming to sit down with you guys to have coffee.” He said there is a new administration in Iran now, and “we told the other side, our intentions are serious … a negotiation in which a cup of coffee is its outcome has no benefit for our people.”
Amir-Abdollahian said a deal in which the entirety of the JCPOA is implemented is what Iran is seeking, adding that Iran would not accept a deal in which one part of the JCPOA is implemented and another part is not implemented. He said such a deal would “contradict the [US] claim that they are serious about the negotiations.”
Amir-Abdollahian said the Joe Biden administration is pursuing the same policies of the Trump administration with sanctions. He said Iran wants to see signs that the United States is severe, and an instance of an indication could be for it to launch $10 billion in blocked funds, although he didn’t particularly make the resumption of talks contingent on releasing the blocked funds.