Iran gives Europeans 2 drafts on sanctions removal, nuclear commitments

2021-12-02 12:36:44
Iran gives Europeans 2 drafts on sanctions removal, nuclear commitments

Iran has provided the European parties to the 2015 nuclear deal with two completed drafts containing its proposals and positions on the removal of the sanctions imposed by the US.

Speaking to Press TV’s reporter in the Austrian capital of Vienna on Thursday, Iran’s chief negotiator Ali Baqeri-Kani said two completed drafts had been submitted the P4+1 — France, Britain, Germany, Russia, and China — concerning the removal of US sanctions and Tehran’s nuclear commitments under the agreement, officially named the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Iran and the five remaining parties to the JCPOA began the talks in Vienna in April with the aim of removing Washington’s unlawful sanctions against the Islamic Republic after the US voiced interest to return to the agreement.

The content of the drafts include all of proposals and positions of the Iranian negotiating team, Baqeri-Kan said.

He added that Iran was now waiting to hear from the other side to see whether they were ready to put the Iran-drafted documents to discussion.

Iran's lead negotiator also warned the other negotiating teams not to allow outside player to disrupt the negotiations.

Former US president Donald Trump left the JCPOA in May 2018 and re-imposed the anti-Iran sanctions that the deal had lifted. He also placed additional sanctions on Iran under other pretexts not related to the nuclear case as part of his “maximum pressure” campaign.

The US administration of Joe Biden had said it is willing to compensate for Trump’s mistake and rejoin the deal, but it has shown an overriding propensity for maintaining the sanctions as a tool of pressure.

Tehran insists that all sanctions must first be removed in a verifiable manner before the Islamic Republic reverses its remedial measures.

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