Publish date24 Jan 2023 - 9:09
Story Code : 581599

Iran says EU refrains “costly” steps in blacklisting IRGC as terrorist organization

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said the European Union does not look willing to take “costly” moves in regards to Iran as the EU Foreign Policy chief referred to the legal issues to be handled following blacklisting of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) as terror group.
Iran says EU refrains “costly” steps in blacklisting IRGC as terrorist organization
Amir-Abdollahian made the remarks on Monday after European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said the bloc cannot list the IRGC as a “terrorist” entity without an EU court decision.

Borrell stressed at a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels that a court ruling with a “concrete legal condemnation” had to first be handed down before the bloc itself could apply any such designation.

Amir-Abdollahian called on European leaders to steer clear of “sensational and irrational” comments, expressing optimism that rationality will prevail in the field of diplomacy and foreign policy of some European countries so that the foreign policy of both the European and Iranian sides will not be compelled to pay higher costs.

Pointing to Borrell's statement, the top Iranian diplomat said, “This shows that the European Union seeks not to move towards taking costly steps.”

Amir-Abdollahian added, “The Islamic Republic considers negotiation, dialogue and constructive interaction with the European Union to be the best option, but it will give a reciprocal and effective response to any other decision by the European Union.”

The European Parliament on Wednesday adopted an amendment calling on the EU and its member states to include the IRGC on their terror list. It also passed another resolution on Thursday, calling for more sanctions against Iranian individuals and entities and putting the IRGC on the EU terrorist list over alleged human rights violations during the recent riots.

Touching upon the talks to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, Amir-Abdollahian said the Iranian Foreign Ministry is committed to resolving issues through negotiations and that dialogue and exchange of messages with the Western parties continue until reaching a good, strong and stable agreement.

“Despite all the hypocritical behavior of some Western officials, including the Americans, the exchange of messages between Western countries and Iran as well as their insistence that the agreement should reach its final step is still on the agenda,” he noted.

Stressing that there is no need for “direct dialogue” with the Americans to reach an agreement at this stage, Iran’s foreign minister said, “Both sides have the necessary evidence and content, and if there is a serious will on the American side, we see the agreement within reach given the status quo.”

The negotiations to restore the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) kicked off in the Austrian capital of Vienna in April 2021, with the intention of examining Washington’s seriousness in rejoining the deal and removing anti-Iran sanctions.

The negotiations have been at a standstill since August due to Washington’s insistence on its hard-nosed position of not removing all the sanctions that were slapped on the Islamic Republic by the previous US administration.

Iran maintains it is necessary for the other side to offer some guarantees that it will remain committed to any agreement that is reached.
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