News ID: 273723
Published: 0203 GMT September 04, 2020

No talks with US, Iran says after Russian mediation offer

No talks with US, Iran says after Russian mediation offer

Mahmoud Vaezi, the Iranian president's chief of staff, dismissed any plan for negotiations with the United States after Russia’s foreign minister expressed readiness to help mediate Tehran and Washington to hold talks.

Asked by Tasnim about Sergei Lavrov’s idea of Russian mediation between Iran and the US for direct negotiations, Vaezi said, “We have no intention of negotiating with Americans, and we have declared our stance very clearly.”

Tehran has already made it clear that the US must accept that it has made mistakes, realize that it has adopted the wrong policy of sanctions on Iran, and admit that it has made a mistake, he added. 

Vaezi also noted that the Russian foreign minister has not been the only person to have proposed the idea of mediation.

On Wednesday, Lavrov said Moscow was ready to hold talks with both sides to pave the way for direct negotiations between Iran and the United States, but only if both of them are interested.

“We believe that it is better to raise differences and issues directly and receive direct answers,” he said.

He also pointed to the US attempt to trigger a snapback mechanism of the nuclear deal to reinstate UN sanctions on Iran, saying that the attempts are doomed to failure.

Lavrov said Washington has lost all its rights by withdrawing from the nuclear deal.

The US withdrew from the nuclear accord, known as the JCPOA in 2018 and reimposed sanctions on Iran as part of a “maximum pressure” campaign aimed at forcing it to renegotiate a new deal.

“The United States wants now to use a rather complex, sophisticated legal instrument, which was laid down in the JCPOA and approved by the United Nations Security Council, to restore the collective sanctions,” he said.

“But this mechanism was prepared exclusively for a situation when Iran does not fulfill its obligations, which is not the case,” Lavrov added.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has insisted that the United States has the legal right to “snap back” UN sanctions even though President Donald Trump pulled out of the nuclear deal between Iran and six major powers that was endorsed by the UN Security Council.

Russia and China, along with European allies Britain, France and Germany, who often disagree, are united in declaring the US action “illegal” on grounds that you can’t withdraw from a deal and then use the resolution that endorsed it to reimpose sanctions.

“The US must return to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal it left two years ago and speak within the framework of the accord, otherwise, no other action would yield result,” Vaezi stressed.



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