Zarif, Kerry discuss Khamenei’s redlines regarding JCPOA
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 15
By Umid Niayesh- Trend:
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said that his meeting with the US Secretary of State was focused on redlines of the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei regarding the nuclear deal implementation.
The US side has commitments on Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Zarif said, adding the meeting was needed so that Iran could make sure of the implementation of Khamenei's guidelines about the United States' commitments.
He made the remarks following his 3-hour meeting with Kerry on the sidelines of the Syria peace talks conference in Vienna on Nov. 14, Iran's Fars news agency reported.
Zarif said that the US Secretary of State emphasized that the American side fulfills its commitments based on the orders of president Barack Obama, and will provide more explanations on the issue if is necessary.
Kerry also underlined that the US has ordered its representatives to remove any concerns of companies about doing business with Iran, Zarif said.
The top Iranian diplomat further said that the two parties held serious expert talks on removing sanctions against Iran and redesigning Arak heavy water nuclear reactor.
He added that almost all foreign ministers except one or two have signed the official document to redesign the reactor.
"The remaining ministers will sign it in a few days and the document will be finalized."
On the other hand, Iran's deputy foreign minister Abbas Araqchi said that the document will be finalized by Nov. 16.
"Signatures of the P5+1 (the United States, Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom, and Germany) foreign ministers are being collected on a rotating basis and will be completed by Nov. 16."
He made the remarks after meeting EU Deputy Foreign Policy Chief Helga Schmid in Vienna discussing execution of the JCPOA.
After several months of talks, on July 14, Iran and the P5+1 announced a final accord, dubbed the JCPOA, curbing Iran's nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of most international sanctions against Tehran.
The IAEA has been given the role of verifying Iran's commitments under the lasting nuclear deal.
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