Iranian President: Safeguarding the interests of the Iranian people is the key to reaching a deal in the Iran nuclear talks

  Xinhua News Agency, Tehran, February 19 (Reporter Gao Wencheng and Wang Shoubao) Iranian President Raisi said on the 19th that the key to the negotiation of the parties concerned in the comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue is to ensure the interests of the Iranian people.

  According to the Iranian President's website, Leahy said in a phone call with French President Emmanuel Macron that the Iranian delegation was in the Austrian capital Vienna for serious negotiations.

Iran made constructive proposals during the negotiation process and studied proposals from other parties based on the interests of the Iranian people.

  Leahy said the Iranian negotiating team has repeatedly welcomed initiatives to safeguard the rights of the Iranian people.

Political propositions aimed at continuing pressure on the Iranian people undermine the prospect of a deal.

Any agreement reached in Vienna should include the lifting of sanctions, the provision of effective assurances and the cessation of political issues and claims.

  According to the website of the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Iranian Foreign Minister Abdullahyan said when meeting with Austrian Foreign Minister Schellenberg in Germany that day that the interests of its own people are the red line that Iran cannot cross in negotiations.

If an agreement means violating the interests of the Iranian people, Iran will choose to safeguard its national interests and will not cross the red line.

  Abdullahyan said the media propaganda launched by the three European countries and the United States will not shake the mission of the Iranian negotiating team to safeguard the interests of its own people.

The Western countries concerned must now make a final decision.

  In July 2015, Iran reached a nuclear deal with the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany.

In May 2018, the U.S. government unilaterally withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, and then restarted and added a series of sanctions against Iran.

Since May 2019, Iran has gradually suspended the implementation of some provisions of the Iran nuclear deal, but promised that the measures taken are "reversible".

  The parties involved in the Iran nuclear deal will start negotiations in Vienna in April 2021 to discuss the resumption of compliance between the United States and Iran, and the United States indirectly participates in the negotiations.

The eighth round of negotiations was launched in Vienna on December 27, 2021.

Abdullahyan said on February 18 that Western countries must show real initiative and flexibility for negotiations to come to fruition in the coming days or weeks.