0712 GMT January 29, 2022
Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said Iran will set a date for the resumption of talks on the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal once its review of the previous negotiations with world powers in the Austrian capital is completed.
“We are trying to review all the details of the Vienna talks… The new [Iranian] administration is trying to find out the shortcomings… and soon there will be a conclusion and we will be able to set a date for a new round of talks,” IRNA reported on Saturday, citing Khatibzadeh’s recent interview with France24.
Iran and the remaining parties to the nuclear deal – France, Britain, Russia, China and Germany, known as the P4+1 – have held six rounds of talks in Vienna since April to bring the US back to compliance with the multilateral agreement three years after Washington’s unilateral withdrawal.
Khatibzadeh said there are “issues” that need to be addressed “properly” in the upcoming discussions including the removal of “800 unilateral illegal sanctions” which former US president Donald Trump imposed on Iran following his walkout from the accord.
He said all those sanctions must be removed before the US rejoins the nuclear deal.
“This is the position we had from day one,” the spokesman said, noting that Iran also seeks guarantees from the administration of US President Joe Biden that “nobody in Washington would violate the deal again”.