Iran Says GCC Trying to Derail Nuclear Negotiations in Vienna | Nuclear Energy News

The Vienna talks continue with expert working groups working on the steps that need to be taken to fully comply with the JCPOA.

Tehran, Iran – Iran’s foreign ministry condemned a request by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) to include its demands in the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, accusing them of trying to derail ongoing negotiations in Vienna .

Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh denounced GCC’s “irresponsible and immature” statement earlier this week that talks must address concerns about Tehran’s enrichment program in addition to regional bloc participation to the talks.

“Their purpose in bringing up such statements is not to ask for participation but to disrupt the process of technical discussions in Vienna,” Khatibzadeh said.

GCC leaders “should know that Iran is a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency and that all of its nuclear activities are under the organization’s monitoring programs, and it is evident that their development is in line with Iran’s legitimate rights, on the basis of its national interests, and to account for its peaceful needs, ”he added.

The United States unilaterally withdrew from the landmark deal in 2018 and imposed a wave of sanctions on Iran that have yet to be lifted.

Talks continue in Vienna with expert working groups still working on steps that need to be taken by the United States and Iran to return to full compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Talks in the Austrian capital are expected to continue on Saturday after lead negotiators have held several bilateral and multilateral talks since Wednesday in the second round of face-to-face meetings to restore the deal.

Following an attack on its main nuclear facilities at Natanz last week, Iran began enriching uranium to 60% purity, its highest level.

Iran says it will use it to produce molybdenum to make radiopharmaceuticals.

In his statement, the Foreign Ministry spokesman said Arab leaders should address their concerns to the United States, which violated the agreement, and Israel’s “military and illegal nuclear activities”.

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