News ID: 301892
Published: 0719 GMT April 05, 2021

Araqchi in Vienna to attend meeting of JCPOA Joint Commission

Araqchi in Vienna to attend meeting of JCPOA Joint Commission

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Seyyed Abbas Araqchi arrived in the Austrian capital, Vienna, on Monday evening to participate in a meeting of the Joint Commission of the 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

At the 18th Session of JCPOA Joint Commission which was held via video conference, delegations from Iran and the G4+1 countries, (Britain, France, Russia, China plus Germany), decided to participate in a meeting on Tuesday in Vienna, IRNA reported.

The quarterly meeting of the Joint Commission of the JCPOA was held via video conference on Friday and delegations from Iran and E3 plus China and Russia discussing the latest developments regarding the nuclear deal.

During the meeting, Araqchi who chaired Iran’s delegation, clearly explained Tehran’s position on Washington’s rejoining to the JCPOA.

The online conference was chaired on behalf of EU High Representative Josep Borrell by the Deputy Secretary General and Political Director of the European External Action Service Enrique Mora.

US pulled out of the JCPOA in May 2018 under the former President Donald Trump and reinstated the anti-Iran sanctions that had been lifted by the deal.

The Trump administration also launched what it called a maximum pressure campaign against Iran, targeting the Iranian nation with the “toughest ever” restrictive measures.

Iran suspended some of its commitments under the JCPOA in response to Washington’s unilateral withdrawal in 2018 and the other parties’ failure to fulfill their commitments.

Washington says Tehran should stop the countermeasures it has been taking in line with Article 36 of the JCPO before the US returns.

Iran, however, says the US should first lift all the sanctions put in place under the Trump administration before the Islamic Republic returns to full compliance. Tehran believes it was the White House that complicated the circumstances by the pullout, which in turn prompted Iran to take the remedial measures.

Araqchi said if the P4+1 group (Britain, France, Russia, China plus Germany) can urge the US to hold up its end of bargain, Iran will normally return to the deal.

He noted that the negotiations in Vienna are completely technical, and are focused on measures that the Americans are expected to do in respect of the lifting of sanctions.

"It should be said that we have no step-by-step plan or step-by-step suggestion and will not accept it," he warned, adding that there is only one step, which the United States' stepping back from all sanctions that have been imposed after the Trump administration's withdrawal from the JCPOA in May 2018.

The deputy FM went on to say that the final steps, which should be done in this regard, are being discussed at the technical sessions with the P4+1 representatives.

Resource: IRNA
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