Iran's chief negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani assured Al Jazeera that his country will continue its nuclear activities in accordance with the terms of the nuclear agreement, explaining that there is no reason for Tehran to reverse its policies unless the other party adheres to the agreement.

Bagheri said that the United States has no choice but to accept the new reality, explaining that there is no reason for Tehran to retreat from its nuclear policies unless the other party adheres to the Nouri agreement.

He reiterated that returning to the nuclear agreement requires American and European political will, wondering about the feasibility of the Europeans' presence in the negotiations unless they are independent of Washington in their decisions.

In a parallel context, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh called on the International Atomic Energy Agency to maintain its technical character and not to submit to any political pressure.


"sham negotiation"

Regarding the Vienna negotiations, Zadeh said that they should focus on lifting what he called the unjust sanctions imposed on Iran.

Zadeh also talked about the dialogue between Tehran and neighboring countries, pointing out that this dialogue should be limited to the files of the region, as for the Vienna negotiations with the concerned parties.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian had warned Iran against participating in the next round of talks to revive the 2015 nuclear deal with a "sham" negotiating position.

Paris has warned Tehran of what US and European diplomats see as "unrealistic demands", including a call for the lifting of all sanctions imposed by the European Union and the United States since 2017.

Le Drian said - in an interview with the French newspaper "Le Monde" - that Paris first wants to ascertain whether the talks will be resumed from the point where they stopped last June.

"If these discussions are sham, we will have to consider the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action empty of its content," he added, referring to the nuclear deal with Iran.

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