Iran rules out interim nuclear deal in Vienna, Israel maintains freedom of action without restrictions

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh ruled out the possibility of reaching a temporary agreement during the ongoing Vienna meetings between Tehran and the international parties to the 2015 nuclear agreement, saying that such an agreement would not comply with Iran’s requirements.

“We must all try to make sure that the return of the United States to the nuclear agreement is accompanied by the necessary guarantees and verification, and that the lifting of sanctions, which should have been done under the agreement, is carried out effectively,” Khatibzadeh said during a press conference in Tehran yesterday. Achieving any of this with a “temporary” agreement.

“We are looking for a stable and reliable agreement, and there is no agreement that does not include these two components in our agenda,” he said. He stressed that the Vienna talks are only about ensuring that the United States returns to the 2015 agreement in a full, responsible and verifiable manner, and that Iran will not accept raising any issue in the talks outside the framework of the 2015 agreement.

Regarding the progress of the negotiations in Vienna, Khatibzadeh said, “We are not negotiating in a pessimistic or optimistic manner, but rather based on reality.”

He continued, “Good progress has been made on the four issues being discussed, namely: lifting sanctions, the nuclear issue, verification and obtaining guarantees.”

Concurrently, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced that Israel would not be bound by any nuclear agreement with Iran and would continue to maintain freedom of action against its enemies if necessary.

In a briefing to a Knesset committee yesterday, Bennett said, “With regard to the nuclear talks in Vienna. We are certainly left worried.”

“Israel is not a party to the agreements,” he added. Israel will not be bound by what the agreements will stipulate if they are signed and will continue to maintain complete freedom of action anywhere and at any time without restrictions.”

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