0236 GMT January 27, 2020
Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araqchi made the remarks while speaking to reporters after a three-hour meeting of the Joint Commission on the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal in Vienna on Friday.
“In this meeting, all parties acknowledged that the US is the root cause of the tensions around the JCPOA”.
“All the parties also noted that there is no hope for the JCPOA to survive if Iran is deprived of the deal's benefits, and therefore stressed the importance of finding a solution in this regard,” said the senior diplomat, who led the Iranian negotiating team to the Vienna talks.
Araqchi also said all the parties have consensus that utmost efforts should be made to keep the JCPOA alive.
The deputy foreign minister said Tehran will continue to scale back its commitments under the nuclear deal until it can receive the accord’s economic benefits.
Meeting with IAEA chief
Araqchi also pointed to his first meeting with Rafael Mariano Grossi, the director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and described it as "good and useful."
He also expressed satisfaction with the new IAEA chief’s resolve to fulfill his duties "in a quite professional atmosphere without political pressure which usually exists in the Board of Governors."
Also during the meeting, representatives of Russia and China once again voiced opposition to the employment of the so-called snapback mechanism against Iran.
Russia’s Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov also said on Friday that all sides remain fully united in their support and commitment to the nuclear deal.
"The last meeting of the Joint Commission in 2019 proved that despite all the difficulties and all the differences its participants remain fully united in their support and commitment to #JCPOA," Ulyanov said in a post on his Twitter account after the Vienna session.
He described this as the "major conclusion" emerging from the Vienna meeting.
A Chinese envoy also said European parties to the deal did not invoke a mechanism that could lead to the reimposition of United Nations sanctions against Tehran.
"All countries need to refrain from taking actions that further complicate the situation," Fu Cong, director general of the Department of Arms Control of the Chinese Foreign Ministry told reporters.
"In our view there is an element of automaticity into this and we can't be sure that countries can keep this process under control. It could aggravate tensions," he added.
However, the Chinese diplomat noted that all parties called on Iran to remain in full compliance of the JCPOA.
Representatives from Iran and the five remaining signatories to the landmark nuclear deal–Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China–as well as the European Union attended the Friday meeting to discuss ways to save the accord.
It was the first meeting by the remaining parties to the JCPOA since July. In May 2018, US President Donald Trump unilaterally pulled his country out of the international deal, in defiance of global criticism, and later reimposed the sanctions that had been lifted against Tehran as part of the agreement.
In response to the move, Tehran has so far rowed back on its nuclear commitments four times in compliance with Articles 26 and 36, but stressed that its retaliatory measures will be reversible as soon as Europe finds practical ways to shield mutual trade from sanctions.
Press TV and Tasnim contributed to the story.