Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian and EU Foreign Policy Chief Josef Borrel have exchanged views over the latest state of sanctions removal talks and other issues relating to ties between Tehran and the bloc during a telephone conversation.
In the conversation, Amirabdollahian referred to the determination of the Islamic Republic of Iran to reach a good, strong and lasting deal. He said the recent move by the US and the European troika to prepare a draft resolution at the UN atomic watchdog against Iran is an undiplomatic, hasty and unconstructive behavior that will only make the process of talks more difficult and more complicated.
Amirabdollahian pointed to a law approved by the Iranian parliament, warning any move by the US and the European troika at the International Atomic Energy Agency will be definitely met with an appropriate, effective and immediate response from the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Amirabdollahian however thanked Borrell for his efforts and reiterated Iran’s readiness and resolve to continue the talks until they pay off in a realistic way that would be agreed upon by all sides.
Amirabdollahian further spoke about the destructive moves by the Zionist regime, which itself is the main culprit in the world when it comes to illegal nuclear activities. The top Iranian diplomat added that the trip of the IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi to Tel Aviv ahead of the upcoming meeting of the agency’s Board of Governors is at odds with the principle of neutrality and the body’s technical and professional capacity.
EU Foreign Policy Chief Josef Borrell for his part criticized efforts by some parties to cause the talks to fail.
Borrell underlined the need to speed up efforts to make the talks success and result in a deal.
Borrell underscored the necessity of continuing consultations to move away from the current negative atmosphere at the IAEA and to focus on the continuation of negotiations so that all sides will return to their commitments under the nuclear deal, JCPOA.
During the telephone conversation, Amirabdollahian and Borrell also emphasized the need for the IAEA to act professionally and remain neutral.