Khatibzadeh: We must give Vienna time to speak
TEHRAN – Speaking at his weekly press briefing on Monday, the spokesman for Iran’s foreign ministry said the Vienna talks were underway and many hooks had been filled.
“It looks like we should give an opportunity (to the talks),” Saeed Khatibzadeh said.
He noted that Iran does not allow these talks to continue because it does not want a deal to be reached that is not within the framework of establishment policies and instructions issued by Tehran.
The spokesperson referred to Seyyed Abbas Araghchi, head of the Iranian negotiating team’s meeting with European delegations in Vienna on Sunday, saying it had been decided to help the working groups in the coming days.
The spokesperson did not rule out the possible return of delegations to their capitals, saying if they could not reach conclusions in the coming days, they could return to their capitals at the weekend for further consultations.
“A significant percentage of the remaining hooks or vacancies in these (nuclear) working groups have been completed and action taken. Some of these parentheses require political decisions, which must be taken in the capitals of the countries, ”said the spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“We have to wait and see where these technical talks will go in a day or two,” the diplomat remarked.
Responding to a question about the three-month agreement between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the spokesperson said parliamentary law insists on suspension of access beyond of the safeguards agreement at the (International Atomic Energy) Agency.
“This has been going on for three months and the Agency has no access beyond the safeguards agreement. The agreement between the two parties was that the films should be recorded and not given to them (IAEA). At the end of three months, we can decide to cut the bands or extend the agreement depending on the decisions made. The agreement reached between Iran and the Agency, including on these films, is an internal matter between Iran and the Agency, and if we continue this agreement, it will not be a violation of parliamentary law ”, he remarked.
Khatibzadeh added: “Depending on the negotiation process, there have been talks to extend the deal and the opportunity created, and if the negotiations are on the right track, this decision can be made, but in any case, access through the no safeguards agreement will be granted to the Agency. “
The spokesperson stressed that the talks will continue in Vienna.
“A significant percentage of the remaining slices or vacancies in these working groups have been completed and arrangements have been made. Some of these parentheses require political decisions, which must be taken in the capitals of the countries, ”he noted.
He stressed: “There is no initial agreement and no agreement will be made until everything has been agreed.”
Responding to a question about the cancellation of Mohammad Javad Zarif’s trip to Austria, the spokesperson expressed disappointment over it, implicitly saying the cancellation was due to the Israeli flag flying above government buildings. in Vienna.
“We are sorry that some European countries have decided to stand alongside the oppressor and the criminal,” he said.
‘We will stand with the Palestinian people’
Responding to questions regarding the Palestinian issue, the spokesperson said Iran has been following these painful events closely from the very beginning.
Referring to Zarif’s speech at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s virtual meeting on Sunday, Khatibzadeh said the speech had several specific points, including the need to identify the crimes committed by the Zionist regime in the occupied territories. like war crimes and crimes against humanity. .
He stressed: “Palestine will always be our ideal and we will stand by the side of the Palestinian people.”
“ Tehran-Riyadh talks are bilateral, regional and international ”
Elsewhere in his remarks, the Foreign Ministry spokesman dismissed rumors that Iran asked Saudi Arabia to bypass sanctions and sell oil for the Islamic Republic, calling the story “propagandist.” “.
He added, “Our talks with Saudi Arabia are on bilateral, regional and international issues, and these talks are continuing on these issues, and these rumors are not true.”
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