Iran is serious about nuclear deal, demands removal of all US sanctions
Iran has informed signatories of the nuclear deal, in detailed draft documents, that it wants all US sanctions that violate the 2015 agreement to be removed. These include all sanctions imposed under former president Donald Trump as part of the maximum pressure campaign.
Following a meeting on Friday with the signatories of the nuclear agreement, known as the JCPOA, Iran called for a reasonable, documented and rational response to its proposals for the removal of US sanctions and Iran’s return to full compliance.
Deputy Foreign Minister and lead negotiator Ali Baqeri-Kani said Britain, France and Germany were not happy with some of Iran’s proposals.
A diplomatic source close to the Iranian negotiating team said the country’s proposed draft was in complete conformity with the JCPOA.
The source said it was regrettable that some European sides were attempting to dictate their own demands around the negotiating table while failing to acknowledge that a revival of the deal requires compliance by all sides.
EU coordinator Enrique Mora said there were substantial challenges ahead while time to reach an agreement was not unlimited. While Iran is calling for a rational and documented response to its proposals, European diplomats are expressing skepticism and concern.
The Vienna talks are set to resume next week when it may become more clear whether the gaps can be bridged.
Iran’s lead negotiator says he’s warned other participants not to allow outside players to negatively influence or obstruct the process of talks, saying his team is serious about reaching an agreement and is ready to continue the negotiations.
The JCPOA was abandoned by then US President Donald Trump in May 2018. Trump then targeted Iran’s economy with what he called the “maximum pressure” campaign, but he failed to compel Iran to negotiate a “new deal.”
Iran and the five remaining parties to the JCPOA began the talks in the Austrian capital in April with the aim of removing Washington’s unlawful sanctions after the US voiced interest to return to the agreement.