Abdollahian: Nuclear Agreement is an International Document to Cancel Sanctions

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian speaks to Hassan Khomeini, grandson of the first Iranian Supreme Leader (Jamaran News)
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian speaks to Hassan Khomeini, grandson of the first Iranian Supreme Leader (Jamaran News)
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Abdollahian: Nuclear Agreement is an International Document to Cancel Sanctions

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian speaks to Hassan Khomeini, grandson of the first Iranian Supreme Leader (Jamaran News)
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian speaks to Hassan Khomeini, grandson of the first Iranian Supreme Leader (Jamaran News)

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian defended on Thursday the preservation of the nuclear negotiations, describing the deal as an “international document to cancel sanctions.”

In remarks on Thursday, Abdollahian said that his country has been exchanging indirect messages with Washington for weeks, accusing the Western parties of being “addicted to sanctions”, while the two sides are still on the diplomatic track to revive the nuclear agreement.

“While we are in the midst of indirect negotiations with America, and direct [talks] with other parties... sanctions are being imposed on Iranian entities and individuals,” he said.

“Sometimes we are told that the nuclear deal is over... But today, we secured a document to cancel the sanctions. We have been negotiating for months, not for the sake of negotiation. The government is determined and our plan is to maintain efforts...” the minister added.

Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi’s government has come under criticism from its conservative allies that it is seeking unilaterally to revive the nuclear deal.

“We have been exchanging indirect messages for weeks to cancel the sanctions, and the foreign ministers of some countries have been seeking to reach a consensus on the first draft,” Abdollahian stated.

In addition to the repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic and economic sanctions, the foreign minister pointed to the impact of the Ukrainian war on the economic and living conditions in Iran.

“For this reason, we focus on economic diplomacy and the development of foreign trade,” he said.

Iran and the parties to the agreement, with the coordination of the European Union and indirect US participation, began talks to revive the nuclear deal in April 2021. However, since then, Tehran has begun enriching uranium by 60 percent, which enables it to reach quantities to develop nuclear weapons.

On a different note, Abdollahian said that Iran “does not recognize the current governing body in Afghanistan,” and “insists on the necessity of forming an inclusive government” in the country.

“We insist on the formation of an inclusive government in Afghanistan because the Taliban are just part of and the entire reality in Afghanistan,” he told Iranian diplomats at the mausoleum of Imam Khomeini on Thursday.

Referring to a renewed dispute between Iran and Afghanistan over the share of water in the Helmand River, the minister said: “We have told Afghan officials that the problem of the right to water cannot be resolved through political statements, but legal steps must be taken in this regard.”



Man Arrested after British Soldier Stabbed in Attack Near Barracks

FILE - A sign stands in front of the New Scotland Yard, the headquarters of the London Metropolitan Police, in London, Monday, Sept. 25, 2023. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)
FILE - A sign stands in front of the New Scotland Yard, the headquarters of the London Metropolitan Police, in London, Monday, Sept. 25, 2023. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)
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Man Arrested after British Soldier Stabbed in Attack Near Barracks

FILE - A sign stands in front of the New Scotland Yard, the headquarters of the London Metropolitan Police, in London, Monday, Sept. 25, 2023. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)
FILE - A sign stands in front of the New Scotland Yard, the headquarters of the London Metropolitan Police, in London, Monday, Sept. 25, 2023. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung, File)

A 24-year-old man was arrested after a soldier was stabbed and seriously injured in a street near a barracks in southeast England, police said Wednesday.
The British Army said the victim, who is in his 40s, suffered serious injuries. He was airlifted to a hospital for treatment.
The Kent Police force said officers were called Tuesday evening to reports of an assault in the town of Gillingham, 30 miles (about 50 kilometers) southeast of London.
A suspect was arrested within half an hour, police said. British police do not name suspects until they have been charged. There was no immediate word on motive.
The road where police said the attack happened is close to Brompton Barracks, the headquarters of the British Army’s 1 Royal School of Military Engineering Regiment. The army did not confirm media reports that the soldier was in uniform at the time of the attack.
“Our thoughts are with the soldier and their family and we request that their privacy is respected at this difficult time," the army said in a statement. “We will continue to work closely with Kent Police to understand what happened and support the investigation."