• Mon / 24 May 2021 / 13:47
  • Category: Politics
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Zarif to visit Azerbaijan, Armenia on Tuesday

Zarif to visit Azerbaijan, Armenia on Tuesday

Tehran (ISNA) – Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh stressed that Vienna talks are not locked and the negotiations have made significant progress.

Speaking at a weekly press conference on Monday, Khatibzadeh answered a question about the extension of the agreement between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) which expired on Saturday and said, “It is being discussed in the Supreme National Security Council. The issue of extension of the agreement is in the final review process and Supreme National Security Council or Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) will make an official announcement as soon as the process is finalized”.

“The agreement denies the IAEA access beyond safeguards agreements. Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog agreed that cameras continue recording within the framework of the Additional Protocol, but the agency wouldn’t have access to the recordings,” he added.

“If the agreement is extended, the IAEA will not be granted access beyond safeguards. If we reach an agreement in Vienna, these video recordings can be made available to the Agency. Finally, this decision will be announced today,” the spokesman stated.

Regarding the JCPOA Joint Commission meetings in Vienna, he said, “Good progress has been made and we believe an agreement is achievable”.

“If Washington makes its political decision and distances itself from the previous administration’s behavior and the maximum pressure campaign, the remaining differences would be easily solved,” Khatibzadeh added.

“European and Americans should not forget that if the JCPOA is alive today, it is because of Iran's strategic patience and prudent actions,” he emphasized.

Reacting to recent remarks made by some of Saudi officials against Iran, Khatibzadeh said, “Saudi Arabia must decide whether it still wants to use its boring words and not change its behavior, or whether it has decided to distance itself from expansionist and belligerent policies as a constructive partner in the region alongside other countries in the region”.

“We are waiting to see the changes in the actions and behavior of Riyadh. Of course, Iran's policies on regional dialogue and arrangements are nothing new. We welcomed the presence of Saudi Arabia and we think that it can be a constructive party if it distances itself from boring policies,” he added.

About remarks made by some American officials regarding the JCPOA and US’ sanctions against Iran, Khatibzadeh said, “US has not only withdrawn the JCPOA, but also violated all its obligations so, it is not in a position to make rhetoric. We advise Washington to think about practical measures and fulfill its obligations”.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Khatibzadeh provided a report about Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s recent tour to some European countries and announced, “Foreign Minister Zarif will travel to Azerbaijan and Armenia tomorrow”.

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