West foments unrest, seeks to pressure Iran in nuclear talks: Official

07 Dec 2022

West foments unrest, seeks to pressure Iran in nuclear talks: Official

By Al Mayadeen English

December 7, 2022


Western countries are seeking to exert pressure on Iranian authorities in the nuclear talks by encouraging unrest in Iran and covering it in the Western media, Vahid Jalalzadeh, chairman of the Iranian Parliamentary Commission on National Security and Foreign Policy, told Sputnik on Wednesday.

Jalalzadeh indicated that "there is no doubt that the imposition on the people of Iran... riots and Western media coverage of the recent events in Tehran is one of the most important goals of Western countries to put pressure on Iran in the negotiations on the nuclear deal."

"Since their plan has been exposed and it has become clear that one of their goals was to make more concessions to Western countries through these riots, they will of course face a negative response from the Islamic Republic. We do not submit to any pressure and we will not make concessions to them," the Iranian official underlined.

In blackmail attempt, West sets 4 conditions to end Iran riots support

A security official revealed that Western countries set four conditions in order to stop supporting rioters in Iran, Al-Alam reported on Tuesday.

The security official told Al-Alam that several countries that intervened in the recent riots in Iran said they would stop supporting riots in the country if Tehran pours its oil and gas into the world market without any set conditions, accepts the West's viewpoints on the nuclear deal (the JCPOA), reaches settlements with Saudi Arabia over regional-related issues, and ends its cooperation with Russia.

Iran has been under Western sanctions for many years primarily due to its nuclear program, barring sides from being involved in sales and transactions with the Islamic Republic.

US will focus on supporting rioters rather than JCPOA

Regarding the relation between the JCPOA and the recent riots in Iran, Robert Malley - the US special envoy to Iran - recently said the United States will be focusing on a number of other things rather than reviving the nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic.

In an interview for Bloomberg, Malley said Washington will be focusing on supporting rioters in Iran - which former US National Security Chief John Bolton recently admitted to them being armed - and on Iranian arms supplies to Russia. 

In the same context, French President Emmanuel Macron told France Inter radio on November 14 that the current riots in Iran have an impact on the nuclear deal negotiations.

Similarly, the Assistant Commander of the IRGC for Political Affairs, Brigadier General Yadollah Javani, indicated on November 11 that one of the enemy's goals in destabilizing the country and trying to repeat the Syrian scenario in Iran is to influence the nuclear negotiations and obtain some concessions.

In the same context, Iranian army commander, Maj. Gen. Seyyed Abdolrahim Mousavi considered on November 7 that the riots in Iran were part of the United States plan to disrupt negotiations on the restoration of the nuclear deal, formerly known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The nuclear deal was sealed in 2015 by China, France, Germany, Iran, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, as well as the EU.

The US unilaterally withdrew in 2018 and reimposed sanctions on Iran, to which the latter responded by gradually dropping its own obligations under the deal.

The two started talks on reviving the deal after the change of power in the White House. Vienna has hosted several rounds of talks since April 2021.