Iran FM: We won't sign an interim deal in nuclear talks

Iran's Foreign Ministry stressed that Iran would not consider an interim agreement in nuclear talks in Vienna.

 Deputy Secretary-General of the European External Action Service (EEAS) Enrique Mora and Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani wait for the start of a meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission in Vienna, Austria November 29, 2021. (photo credit: EU DELEGATION IN VIENNA/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS)
Deputy Secretary-General of the European External Action Service (EEAS) Enrique Mora and Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani wait for the start of a meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission in Vienna, Austria November 29, 2021.
(photo credit: EU DELEGATION IN VIENNA/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS)

A spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry stressed on Monday that Iran was only negotiating the lifting of sanctions and was not considering a temporary or interim agreement, according to Iranian media.

The spokesman, Saeed Khatibzadeh, added that Iran is "not in a hurry" and would not allow anyone to "play" with their time and energy in Vienna.

Khatibzadeh claimed that while the Iranian delegation was willing to be flexible, the other side was unwilling. He added that the Iranian delegation was waiting to receive the opinion of the world powers concerning two documents the delegation submitted on their positions concerning sanctions and nuclear issues.

"We know what we want and what we want is completely within the framework of the JCPOA," said the spokesman, adding that the texts provided by Iran could be negotiated and examined.

The spokesman added that it is important that the talks resume this coming weekend, saying that the talks had not ended but had just taken a break for a few days.

 A number of new generation Iranian centrifuges are seen on display during Iran's National Nuclear Energy Day in Tehran, Iran April 10, 2021 (credit: IRANIAN PRESIDENCY OFFICE/WANA (WEST ASIA NEWS AGENCY)/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS) A number of new generation Iranian centrifuges are seen on display during Iran's National Nuclear Energy Day in Tehran, Iran April 10, 2021 (credit: IRANIAN PRESIDENCY OFFICE/WANA (WEST ASIA NEWS AGENCY)/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS)

Khatibzadeh also rejected demands by Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett for world powers to force Iran to stop enriching uranium before continuing the talks in Vienna, saying "The occupying regime in Jerusalem has been opposed to any dialogue in the region since day one."

"The sad thing about history is that these statements are made by regime officials who claim to have nuclear warheads and are not a member of any international monitoring regime and have not accepted the safeguards," said the spokesman, saying that addressing Bennett's statements any further would be a "waste of time."

The latest round of talks between Iran and world powers in Vienna ended on Friday without any progress.

“Iran right now does not seem to be serious about doing what’s necessary to return to compliance, which is why we ended this round of talks in Vienna,” said US Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the virtual Reuters Next Conference on Friday. "If the path to a return to compliance with the agreement turns out to be a dead-end, we will pursue other options."

Both Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Mossad chief David Barnea are visiting Washington this week to discuss Iran with US officials.