Since JCPOA talks began last April in Vienna, the Biden regime showed lack of seriousness about returning to compliance as mandated by Security Council Res. 2231.
On Monday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh accused the US of raising new issues to obstruct progress in talks, adding:
The Biden regime is following a failed path similar to its predecessor.
It seeks to deprive Iran of its fundamental rights as mandated by international law.
“We are not currently at the point of agreement, because certain key issues remain open, on which decisions should be made in Washington,” Khatibzadeh stressed, adding:
“As soon as those decisions are made, we will be at the point to return to Vienna and get a final agreement.”
“Currently we are waiting to hear the US response.”
Nothing so far is forthcoming.
Nor is anything resembling good faith like ahead by dominant US hardliners.
They’re hellbent for returning Iran to vassal state status — notably for Big Oil to plunder its vast oil and gas reserves.
Iran’s Nour News accused the Biden regime of “seek(ing) derail Vienna talks by making new and unacceptable demands.”
Since last April, it refused to agree on key issues, ones relating to Iran’s legitimate demands, as mandated by SC Res. 2231.
Notably they include:
Lifting of all illegally imposed sanctions.
Guarantees to assure they’re not reimposed.
Assurances against phony pretexts to impose new sanctions.
Guarantees against abandonment of the JCPOA by a future US regime.
Refusal by the Biden regime to accept these legitimate demands resulted in endless talks in Vienna without resolution.
No final agreement was reached.
Wherever hegemon USA goes, E3 vassal states follow.
It’s been this way since the Trump regime unilaterally abandoned the JCPOA in May 2018 — based on bald-faced Big Lies.
Despite exhaustive talks on virtually all things related to the JCPOA, including legitimate Iranian demands, US obstructionism prevented their successful conclusion.
Last week, Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Secretary Ali Shamkhani stressed that the Biden regime “isn’t interested in a strong deal that would satisfy (all) parties.”
According to the WSJ on Sunday, an unnamed US official said “(t)he US won’t negotiate exemptions to Ukraine-related sanctions on Russia to save the” JCPOA.
Ignoring that dominant Biden regime hardliners reject returning to the landmark agreement as mandated by SC Res. 2231 — making it binding international law — they may seek a separate deal that excludes Moscow.
What’s clearly unacceptable to Russia and Iran would kill talks if Washington pursues this course.
Sergey Lavrov stressed that Moscow won’t tolerate what interferes with its legitimate trade, economic and investment relations with Iran.
On Sunday, Biden regime deputy secretary of state Sherman repeated the long ago debunked claim about an Iranian threat to develop nukes.
The US needs to assure that Iran doesn’t develop what it doesn’t seek, along with a “deal with their (nonexistent) malign behavior in the region,” she roared.
Ignored by Sherman and other US hardliners are repeated actions by Washington to prevent agreement by all parties.
One of many examples happened last week when the US announced illegal seizure of two Iranian oil cargo vessels — on the phony pretext of breaching illegally imposed sanctions.
Iran’s warning against these type actions fell on deaf ears in Washington.
The deal sought by dominant Biden regime hardliners is one-way, serving US/Western interests at the expense of Iran and regional peace.
On Monday, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said legitimate Russian demands are unrelated to what JCPOA talks are all about.
Their aim is for hegemon USA and its subservient E3 vassal states to comply with what’s mandated by the landmark agreement.
Since talks began last year, the Biden regime obstructed their successful conclusion by making unacceptable demands — including by no change in its predecessor’s maximum pressure breach of international law.
As long as the US and E3 refuse to negotiate with Iran in good faith — what’s been clear throughout talks — breathing new life into the JCPOA corpse will remain out of reach.
A Final Comment
On Monday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that Tehran rejects a JCPOA agreement without inclusion of Russia.
In response, Moscow’s chief negotiator Mikhail Ulyanov tweeted:
“Clear position. No ambiguities. No room for speculations.”
Separately on Sunday, Iranian lawmakers said skyrocketing oil and gas prices give Iran greater leverage in talks than earlier.
Will it make a difference?
Not as long as US-sought demands are one-sided at Iran’s expense.