News ID: 318461
Published: 0319 GMT December 04, 2021

Americans not yet ready to lift sanctions: MP

Americans not yet ready to lift sanctions: MP
IRNA

Political Desk

The Americans are not yet ready to lift the sanctions and solely aim to use the restricting aspects of the 2015 nuclear deal against Iran by seeking a return to the agreement, said an MP.

Speaking to IRNA, Abolfazl Amouei, a member of the Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, added the ground must be prepared for Iran’s return to global trade and economy.

Commenting on the seventh round of the Vienna talks held during November 29-December 3, he said the main problem stems from U.S. 2018 unilateral withdrawal from the deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), signed between Iran and the P5+1.

Since April a diplomatic process has started in the Austrian capital to revive the JCPOA, as part of which seven rounds of negotiations have been held between Iran and the remaining parties to the deal, namely China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany.

Amouei added that although Iran was honoring its commitments, the Americans illegally pulled out of the agreement, violating the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231.

The move, he said, prevented the deal from producing the results it was signed for in the first place, noting that one year after the U.S. withdrawal, and faced with Europe’s inaction, Iran reduced its JCPOA commitments based on paragraphs 26 and 36 of the agreement.

Commenting on the change of administration in the United States and its willingness, under President Joe Biden, to return to the JCPOA, the lawmaker said Washington will never be able to become a party to the deal if Iran does not agree.

He stressed that lifting all the sanctions is Iran’s main precondition for granting consent to the United States’ return.

“The U.S. cannot claim to have lifted the sanctions, while continuing to keep them in place in practice.”

He emphasized that removing the sanctions was the pivotal issue in the seventh round of the Vienna talks, saying Iran dispatched a large delegation to the negotiations and seriously pursued the complete removal of the sanctions as stressed in the Strategic Action Plan to Counter Sanctions passed by the Iranian Parliament in 2020.

Amouei said that based on international law, the U.S. cannot return to the JCPOA without securing the consent of Iran and other signatories, adding that the Americans were the party that committed violations against the accord, which makes their membership in it dependent on their rectification of their mistake.  

 

 

 

   
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