Iran says negotiators ignoring West's threats, empty deadlines

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Iran says negotiators ignoring West's threats, empty deadlines

In this photo taken on May 24, 2021, the flag of Iran is seen in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA Headquarters in Vienna, Austria. An advisor to the Iranian team said Tuesday that MICHAEL GRUBER TEHRAN- Iranian negotiators have ignored threats and empty deadlines by the West in order to protect Iranian people's rights and the long-term interests of the country.

The Iranian negotiators have pressed hard on the Americans and European governments to back down from their irrational positions, both in the Vienna talks and their contacts with the other negotiating parties, Mohammad Marandi was quoted by the official news agency IRNA as saying before leaving the Austrian capital where the talks were held.

Marandi, professor at the University of Tehran, said the Iranian team aimed to gain key concessions from the other side.

Marandi didn't make any statement about the text of a possible deal on reviving the 2015 nuclear pact, which was offered by the European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, saying that careful examination will be held in Tehran.

In July 2015, Iran signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action JCPOA with world powers and agreed to curb its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of sanctions on the country. However, former US President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the agreement and imposed unilateral sanctions on Tehran, prompting the latter to drop some of its commitments under the pact.

On June 25, 2022, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, right, holds a joint press conference with visiting European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, left, in Tehran, Iran. ALSO READ: Foreign Minister: Iran does not seek nuclear weapons.

The talks on reviving the JCPOA began in Vienna in April 2021, but were suspended in March this year because of political differences between Tehran and Washington.

The latest round of talks, which began on Thursday after a five-month hiatus, ended without a breakthrough on Monday.