Sending team to Vienna shows Iran’s will to pursue diplomatic solution: President

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has said dispatching a comprehensive team to the talks in Vienna on the restoration of the 2015 nuclear deal shows the Islamic Republic’s serious will to pursue a diplomatic solution.

Raisi made the remarks on Thursday during his meeting with foreign ambassadors to Iran on the occasion of the 43rd anniversary of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, according to the Iranian presidency’s website.

“Everyone knows the Islamic Republic has never left the negotiating table and has always entered talks with determination and initiatives,” he added.

He said the current situation regarding the 2015 nuclear agreement, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), is the consequence of US failure to honour its promises under the agreement and certain parties’ inaction to the sanctions.

The Iranian President stressed pursuing a diplomatic approach will be effective and sustainable only when all sides show commitment to it in practice, Xinhua news agency reported.

Raisi noted that Iran has always highlighted the importance of peaceful coexistence and the establishment of appropriate and balanced relations with other countries without any foreign interference, as well as the need to pursue dynamic and constructive diplomacy to resolve regional and international problems.

He said, using weapons of mass destruction is in no way part of Iran’s military plans and defense doctrine, noting that “we have always announced that our nuclear activities are solely focused on peaceful purposes and aimed at taking transparent and legal advantages from technology in energy, industry, agriculture and medical sectors”.

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