Spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Bahram Ghasemi said on Monday that lifting non-nuclear sanctions is a new idea with its own complexity but nothing is impossible in diplomacy.
He made the remarks while commenting on a recent statemetn made by President Hassan Rouhani in a televised debated.
Speaking as one of the candidates of the May 19 presidential elections, Rouhani told Iranians on May 12 during his last televised debate also attended by five other candidates, that he is capable of lifting the remaining non-nuclear sanctions imposed on Iran now that the nuclear sanctions have been removed after the implementation of the landmark nuclear deal also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
“We will endeavor to remove those sanctions which are rooted in certain causes,” Ghasemi said while speaking to reporters at his weekly press briefing.
“The other parties should also have goodwill and behave fairly in order to deal successfully with the remaining problems as before,” Ghasemi added.
He stressed that parts of the problems are related to the US while some other parts are caused by other countries.
“However, we need a new plan, and it is too early to judge about the time when it starts,” said the spokesman.
Touching upon the issue of the Saudis’ misconduct, Ghasemi said Iran is not after tension.
“Our response to the misconduct and certain unfounded remarks made by the Saudi rulers is that we are not after tension,” Ghasemi stressed.
Iran is ready for dialogue, the spokesman on to say, hoping that the Saudis would realize their mistakes and create due atmosphere for talks and understanding in order to make up for their past wrong moves.
“Negotiations and understanding do not mean that all behaviors of other states and governments are confirmed. Saudi Arabia has made strategic mistakes both at the regional level and with regard to Yemen and Iran,” Ghasemi noted.
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said on Monday that the US should take a lesson from its previous measures against Iran and adopt rational policies towards the Islamic Republic.
According to dispatches, Iran sanctions waiver must be renewed every 120 days and the Obama administrations last renewal came just before he left office on January 20. Hence, the next waiver would be this week on Wednesday or Thursday.
Analysts predict that the newly-elected US president will renew the periodic sanctions waiver.
Answering a question in a weekly briefing on Monday, the spokesman said that the IAEA has confirmed Iran’s commitment to its obligations on several occasions.
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action(JCPOA) reached between Iran and G5+1 (US, UK, Russia, China, France plus Germany) is a multilateral agreement, he underlined.
Replying to a question about Turkey program for establishment of wall in the zero line borders with Iran, Ghasemi said that Turkish officials have informed us about their plan for constructing the building in depth of their territory.
Iran welcomes any action that helps forge stability in borders with Turkey, he added.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Ghasemi elaborated Iran’s stance on Zionist regime oppression of Palestinian prisoners and said that such actions show brutal nature of Zionist regime.
Palestinian prisoners’ protest is a symbol of resistance and such actions would continue till dissolution of Zionist regime, he said.
Ghasemi did not acknowledge a report on murder of 20 Iranian tourists in Turkey by attackers, and said that Turkey has a special status and the Iranian tourists should do necessary preparations before trip to the region.
The official referred to recent visit by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to Isfahan, and rejected claims that the visit to this region has been for electoral purposes.
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi referred to Iran’s honest policy in fighting terrorism and urged claimants of fighting terrorism to prove their honesty in fighting the phenomenon by following Irans approach.
He made the remarks during its weekly briefing on Monday.
Saudi Arabia is expected to host a summit with participation of high- ranking officials from the US, Arab and Islamic countries in May.
Answering a question regarding US President Donald Trumps visit to Saudi Arabia, Ghasemi said that Saudi Arabias internal problems and its interference in Yemen has forced the country to try to show a different image of itself in the world by holding the Riyadh summit.
He referred to the accusations lodged by the West against Saudi Arabia in case of spreading extremism in the region, and said that Riyadh is expected to use the opportunity for playing a blame game in case of terrorism.
Such measures like holding the Riyadh summit can not resolve Saudi Arabias problems and Zionist conspiracies sew discord in the Islamic community, Ghasemi noted.
He said that regional countries should look for regional stability in the region itself.
The spokesman advised the newly-elected US president to avoid repeating the past mistakes.
Most part of the unrest, insecurity and poverty of the region is the outcome of US policy over past decades, Ghasemi added.
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said on Monday that many Iranian citizens residing in Canada wanted to attend presidential election, so diplomatic steps and wide range of efforts were made in this direction.
Last week, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif talked with his Canadian counterpart Chrystia Freeland over phone, but due to the shortage of time and also because of Canadas civil law the request was not possible.
Ghasemi added that Canada declared its good will, which is ready for help, but there would not be any polling station or ballot box in Canada for the upcoming election.
The foreign ministry spokesman said that relations between Iran and Canada were severed during former government, so we have no political relations with Canada and we had no polling station there in Presidential election of year 1392 (Iranian calendar) either.
Concerning reasons for Canadian delegation visit to Tehran, Ghasemi said it was continuation of the old discussions made in New York and also talks we had with Canada concerning reviewing and settling some of the remaining problems during previous years.
The spokesman added that last week we had detailed negotiations with Canadian delegation and it is due to be continued.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said on Monday that Tehran hopes that there will be no need to construct wall or set barbed wires between Iran and Pakistan along borders and all witness peaceful coexistence with the neighboring states.
Speaking to reporters in his weekly press briefing, he said after the bitter incident in Mirjaveh border region, Iran did its best not to miss the chance and the Iranian foreign minister heading a delegation visited Pakistan and met with the country’s military, police and security officials on various issues.
It is hoped that initiation of diplomatic approach towards Pakistan would bear fruit in order to witness a much desirable status in borderlines, Ghasemi said.
On construction of wall in Iran-Turkey borders, he said Iran never let any group to attack its neighboring states from its soil and will powerfully defend its borders, the foreign ministry spokesman added.
Iran never let any action to be taken against Turkey from its territory and we hope the same policy will be applied by Turkey to witness a safe border, he said.