News ID: 316971
Published: 0341 GMT October 10, 2021

Verification of sanctions removal top issue in JCPOA revival talks: FM

Verification of sanctions removal top issue in JCPOA revival talks: FM

A main concern of Iran in any talks to rescue the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA, would be around ways to verify the lifting of US sanctions, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said.

The talks in Vienna, which aim to revive the nuclear accord by bringing the United States back to compliance with the JCPOA three years after Washington’s unilateral pullout, were adjourned in June during Iran’s presidential election which saw Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi winning the vote.

Speaking during a visit to Syria, Amir-Abdollahian reiterated that Iran would "soon" return to the nuclear talks with the remaining JCPOA parties – Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany.

"Of course, we will soon return to the Vienna talks and we are keeping our eyes on the issue of verification and receiving the necessary guarantees for the implementation of commitments by the Western parties," Iran’s national TV quoted the foreign minister as saying.

Iran has often voiced concern about the need to verify that US sanctions that were lifted under the accord are not kept in place by Washington.

Former US president Donald Trump abandoned the JCPOA in 2018 and reimposed sanctions, prompting Iran to retaliate a year later by dropping parts of commitments under the deal.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said Iran will set a date for the resumption of Vienna talks 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.

Khatibzadeh said there are “issues” that need to be addressed “properly” in the upcoming discussions including the removal of “800 unilateral illegal sanctions”.

He said all those sanctions must be removed before the US rejoins the nuclear deal.






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