Iran says US offered no tangible proposal in Vienna talks to remove sanctions
The spokesman for Iran’s Foreign Ministry says the United States has offered “no tangible proposal or text” to the P4+1 group of countries in the Austrian capital of Vienna, where high-ranking talks are underway to remove the US sanctions against Iran and revive the 2015 agreement.
“Contrary to what the US is saying today, it offered no tangible proposal or text to the P4+1. This places a big question mark on America’s intention,” Saeed Khatibzadeh said at a weekly news conference on Monday.
“Should the other side come to Vienna with tangible proposals, we can reach an agreement in the shortest possible time,” he said.
Asked about a claim made by US national security adviser that he gave Iran a direct message on its nuclear program, Khatibzadeh told reporters that there have been “no direct talks” between Tehran and Washington since the start of the talks in Vienna in April.
“Regarding the Vienna talks, no direct talks have taken place with the United States in the recent months,” Khatibzadeh underscored.
Iran and the remaining parties to the Iran agreement, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), began to hold talks in the Austrian capital with the aim of reviving the US-ditched agreement through the removal of Washington’s anti-Iran sanctions.
The JCPOA was inked by Iran and six world powers in 2015. Under the deal, Tehran agreed to put limits on certain aspects of its nuclear activities in exchange for the removal of international sanctions imposed against the country.
In 2018, however, the US exited the pact and began to unilaterally implement what it called the maximum pressure campaign against the Islamic Republic, effectively depriving Iran of the deal’s benefits by forcing third parties to stop doing business with Iran.