News ID: 301887
Published: 0313 GMT April 05, 2021

One-step lifting of all US sanctions tops Vienna meeting's agenda: Iran

One-step lifting of all US sanctions tops Vienna meeting's agenda: Iran

Russia says ready to take steps for ‘concrete agreements’

International Desk

Iran said the main goal of a meeting between the Islamic Republic and other signatories to the 2015 nuclear on Tuesday is the removal of all US sanctions in a single step.

"The agenda of this [JCPOA Joint] Commission meeting is the removal of all US cruel sanctions against Iran, and in other words, clarification of how parties [to the deal] should fulfill their commitments," Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Monday at his weekly press briefing in Tehran, referring to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – the official name of the multilateral pact.

“The path is clear. All US sanctions [against Iran] must be removed at once. Then [this measure] must be verified [by Tehran] and only then, the Islamic Republic will take its step [to return to its JCPOA commitments in full],” the spokesman pointed out, according to Press TV.

"In other words, we have only one step and not step-by-step [lifting of sanctions], and this one step includes the lifting of all sanctions imposed by the United States. In return, Iran will be ready to reverse its remedial measures, which were taken because of the opposite sides' violation of the treaty," Khatibzadeh said.

He added that the Tuesday meeting in Vienna is no different from previous sessions of the Joint Commission of the nuclear deal and is just a periodical meeting between Iran and the P4+1 similar to those held in the past months.

Senior officials from Iran, France, Britain, Germany, Russia and China are going to attend the JCPOA Joint Commission on Tuesday in what appears to be the first serious push to reinvigorate the deal since January 20, when Joe Biden was sworn in as the new president of the United States.

Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, adopted a policy of “maximum pressure” against Tehran after the withdrawal, escalating tensions with Iran and drawing strong criticism from the other signatories of the accord.

Iran was patient for one year. But with no palpable shift in circumstances, Tehran began a gradual process of reducing its nuclear undertakings. The decision was taken as Iran’s right under Article 36 of the JCPOA.

Answering another question about the Tuesday meeting, Khatibzadeh said the meeting is technical and to be held to discuss the lifting of all US sanctions in one step.

“If we could reach an agreement with the P4+1 and they could guarantee that US would comply with its commitments, then the way forward would be open.


Russian push


Russia's permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna, Mikhail Ulyanov, said his country is interested in the complete restoration of the JCPOA and is prepared to take "all the necessary steps that will facilitate reaching concrete agreements" during the Tuesday meeting.

Ulyanov confirmed that no direct contacts between the Iranian and US side are planned.

"There will be no direct contacts at all between Iran and US representatives. The Iranians, having suffered from sanctions, are not ready for direct communication, at least at this stage", he said.

However, the senior diplomat also told Sputnik that Russia will try to facilitate indirect contacts between Iran and the United States.

"The European Union serves a coordinator in the Joint Commission. There should be one contact point, and this will be the EU external policy office, however, it does not mean there is no possibility and no need to have contacts in other formats, without messing with the EU representatives,” Ulyanov said.

“We will make an effort to facilitate [discussions] depending on how events develop, where it is necessary. We certainly will ", he added.

In a tweet on Monday, Ulyanov expressed hope that the meeting “will become a turning point in Iranian saga, marking the start of [a]movement toward US sanctions lifting and [the] return of Iran to full compliance with its nuclear commitments”.










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