Iran FM urges West to prove 'real will' for swift agreement in Vienna

TEHRAN, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said on Saturday that the time has come for the Western countries to prove they have the "real will" to reach an agreement in Vienna, official news agency IRNA reported.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian speaks during a press conference in the Iranian capital Tehran, on December 6, 2021. (Photo: AFP)

Amir Abdollahian made the remarks in a meeting with Josep Borrell, the European Union foreign policy chief, on the sidelines of the 58th Munich Security Conference in southern Germany.

He said Iran has submitted all possible initiatives and proposals, and now it is time for the United States, France, Britain, and Germany to make the required political decisions and demonstrate their intention to reach an agreement as soon as possible.

Iran, Amir Abdollahian noted, is determined to end the Vienna talks on the restoration of a 2015 nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), with a "good agreement," but the other side has to know that "Tehran will not back down on its red lines."

He also hailed Borrell and Enrique Mora, the EU coordinator in the Vienna talks, for the role they have played so far in the negotiations.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of JCPOA in May 2018 and reimposed sanctions on Iran, which prompted the latter to drop some of its nuclear commitments one year later and advance its halted nuclear programs.

Since April 2021, eight rounds of talks have been held in Vienna between Iran and the remaining parties, namely Britain, China, France, Russia plus Germany, with the United States indirectly involved in the talks, to revive the landmark deal.