In an exclusive interview with Iran Press on Monday, Abbas Moqtadaei noted that the strategic law and the timing of the lifting of sanctions are being considered by the parties in the Vienna talks.
Representatives from Iran, Russia, China, the UK, France and Germany or the remaining parties of the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, (JCPOA), are attending different sessions of the Joint Commission of the JCPOA in the Austrian capital since March to find a way to fully restore the nuclear deal.
According to Moqtadaei, the negotiating parties are trying to conclude the negotiations within the legal timeframe given by the Parliament to the government, adding that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is also running out of time and trying to conclude the negotiations.
He added that the experts’ negotiations in technical aspects are still underway.
Three working groups have also been held on the sidelines of the JCPOA Joint Commission, focusing on nuclear issues, removal of US unilateral sanctions and the JCPOA implementation arrangements.
The three working groups and diplomatic teams have so far held intensive negotiations to agree on a final text about the revival of the JCPOA or a possible return of the US to the Iran nuclear deal.
The talks in Vienna are aimed at determining which sanctions the United States should lift before rejoining the deal and which measures Iran should take to return into compliance with the accord.
US former president Donald Trump withdrew from the JCPOA in May 2018 and reinstated its unilateral economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic in defiance of Resolution 2231.
In response to Washington’s exit and the ensuing failure of the remaining European parties to the deal to live up to their contractual obligations, Iran suspended some of its commitments under the JCPOA.
The Iranian lawmaker added that Tehran has repeatedly emphasized the complete lifting of sanctions, dismissing any step for a step plan, adding, "The West wanted to force Iran to negotiate. Still, with the new measures taken, including the new plan of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran and 60% enrichment of uranium, the goal of the West was not achieved. The Islamic Republic of Iran is negotiating on equal terms."
Moqtadaei noted, "Iran insists on the complete lifting of sanctions, and the West accepted some of them, and some are in talks."
Stressing that the resistance of the Iranian people has yielded results, he said that the Parliament's action of not fulfilling more than commitments to the West has been effective.
Moqtadaei stressed that the West must restore Iran's lost interests in the nuclear deal.