Sanctioned countries seek Iran’s ‘knowledge nullifying sanctions’
Iran’s chief negotiator in ongoing talks in Vienna on reviving the 2015 Iran deal says other sanctioned countries are on the lookout for ‘knowledge nullifying sanctions’ ‘Iran.
Ali Bagheri Kani made the remarks during a visit to the 26th International Oil, Gas, Refining and Petrochemical Exhibition in Tehran on Sunday.
He said Iranian energy experts have turned the “art of sanctions-busting” from their only tool against the “smart sanctions” of the George W. Bush era, into a “technology” to counter the “ crippling sanctions” of Barack Obama, then in a “knowledge” to neutralize the “campaign of maximum pressure of sanctions” of Donald Trump.
“Now the other countries under sanctions are also seeking the sanctions neutralizing information from Iran,” he added.
The United States, under former President Donald Trump, unilaterally left the Iran agreement, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and launched a maximum pressure campaign against the Islamic Republic, despite the latter’s full compliance with its commitments under the agreement.
According to Bagheri Kani, the ability of Iranian artisans and scientists to roll back sanctions not only greatly bolsters Tehran’s diplomatic prowess in removing sanctions, but also remarkably strengthens the country’s deterrent power against harsh sanctions.
The strategic policy of canceling the sanctions, he said, along with a shrewd move to remove the sanctions, have thwarted the enemy’s schemes to hamper the country’s development.
The senior diplomat, who is also Iran’s deputy foreign minister, noted that the sustainability of “the lifting of sanctions” depended on maintaining and developing Tehran’s soft and hard capabilities to neutralize sanctions.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran, serious as it is in the process of negotiation and fulfillment of its international obligations, including [achievement of a possible] agreement to lift the sanctions, is also firm in its distrust of the enemy and its lack of trust in foreigners to stay safe from sanctions,” he added.
Since April 2021, several rounds of talks between Iran and the five remaining JCPOA parties – Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia – have taken place in the Austrian capital to bring the United States back United in agreement.
The talks in Vienna, however, exclude American diplomats due to their country’s withdrawal from the agreement.
Talks have been on hold since March as the United States insists it refuses to right past wrongs, including removing Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) from its list of foreign terrorist organizations.
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said via Twitter on Friday that Tehran and the P4+1 group of countries still have a chance to reach a “good and reliable” agreement if the United States makes the necessary decision. and honored their commitments.