Senior Negotiator Reiterates Iran’s Opposition to Two-Phased Deal with Powers
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister and senior negotiator Seyed Abbas Araqchi rejected the possibility for clinching a two-phased nuclear agreement with the world powers.
“We will not have any two-phased agreement,” Araqchi said on Friday after meeting his US counterpart Wendy Sherman in Geneva for nuclear talks which are being held within the framework of Tehran’s negotiations with the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany).
He described the first day of two-day talks between the Iranian and US deputy foreign ministers in Geneva as “positive and serious”, and said, “This doesn’t mean that we have had extraordinary progress, but the discussions are pursued closely and intensively.”
“We are after innovation and development in the method and form of negotiations to accelerate (settlement of) issues in talks,” Araqchi said.
Noting that the Iranian delegation will have another day of meetings with the US team on Saturday, he said that the Iranian deputy foreign ministers will also hold a meeting with their counterparts in the G5+1 on Sunday followed by meetings between the Iranian and US foreign ministers on Sunday and Monday.
His remarks came after Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei underlined earlier this month that Iran would never accept a bad agreement with the world powers, adding that the country is in favor of a single-phase comprehensive deal which would respect the Iranian nation’s inalienable rights and entail all details.
“I agree with an agreement if it can be struck, but I disagree with a bad agreement,” the Supreme Leader said in a meeting with the commanders and personnel of the Iranian Air Force and Air Defense in Tehran in February.
He pointed to the US officials’ remarks that “disagreement is better than a bad agreement”, and said, “We believe the same and we believe that not agreement is better than striking an agreement that would harm the national interests and pave the way for humiliating the great Iranian nation.”
The Leader further stressed his opposition to striking a deal over general issues and leaving the details for some other time in future, saying that a final agreement should include all the general principles and all the details together and should not leave anything for future.
The Supreme Leader reiterated that the Iranian nation will not tolerate bullying, excessive demands and illogical behavior.
Ayatollah Khamenei stressed that the general points and technical details of any accord need to be agreed upon simultaneously as the US has already proved that it tries to escape its undertakings under the pretext of different interpretations.
“The contents of such a contract should be transparent, clear and not open to interpretation. The contents of the agreement should not allow the other side which is used to bargaining to seek excuses on different issues,” he added.
The 10th round of negotiations between Iran and the six world powers was held in Vienna from November 18 to 24, where the seven nations decided to extend the talks until July after they failed to strike an agreement.
The latest round of the nuclear talks between Iran and the six world powers was held in February.
Both Iran and the G5+1 negotiators have underlined that cutting a final deal before the July 10 deadline is possible.