0410 GMT June 19, 2021
“Iran hawks will say the sky will fall if we drop any of Trump's noneconomic sanctions on Iran as part of reentering the nuclear deal,” Murphy, Democrat of Connecticut, said in a tweet on Friday, according to Press TV.
“But remember - America got NOTHING from Trump's sanctions,” he added.
Efforts to revive the nuclear agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) — signed between Iran and the P5+1 in July 2015 — have faced deep skepticism and potential hurdles in Congress, with Republicans and a number of Democrats expressing opposition to a possible lifting of the sanctions against Tehran.
Iran and the remaining signatories to the deal — Britain, France, Russia, China, and Germany — have been negotiating in Vienna since April 6 in an effort to bring the US back to the nuclear agreement, which had promised Iran sanctions relief in exchange for limits on its nuclear program.
Trump, however, pulled the US out of the UN-endorsed deal in 2018 and reinstated the sanctions in an unsuccessful attempt to force Tehran into negotiating a “better” agreement — one that would have also curbed the country’s missile program, among other things.
The Islamic Republic resisted the “maximum pressure” campaign and retaliated by scaling back its own commitments under the JCPOA a year later, including enriching uranium beyond the limits set by the nuclear deal.
Iran took the “remedial” measures in line with the provisions of the deal that outlined the options of a party in the event of a major nonperformance by another signatory.
Delegates held a fourth round of high-level talks in Vienna, Austria, on Friday, with both sides reporting progress and signaling a willingness to work out the remaining stumbling blocks.
Iran’s top negotiator, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi, said both sides are “serious” in efforts to revive the JCPOA, and that the talks will continue until all of Tehran’s demands are met.
“The information we have received from the American side is that they are also serious in returning to the JCPOA and they have so far expressed readiness to lift a large part of the sanctions,” Araqchi said after a session of talks in Vienna.
“That is why the talks will continue until all our demands in this regard are met,” he added.