News ID: 319982
Published: 0345 GMT February 08, 2022

Iran urges ‘meaningful’ steps to sanctions removal

Iran urges ‘meaningful’ steps to sanctions removal
REUTERS

Russia: Five minutes away from finish line in JCPOA talks

Iran on Tuesday called for “meaningful” steps by the West to remove sanctions ahead of the resumption of talks in Vienna aimed at reviving the tattered 2015 nuclear deal.

“The Western side must make a serious and effective decision with regard to removing sanctions and demonstrate its meaningful departure from the failed policies of the previous US administration,” Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian told his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in a phone call.

Expressing appreciation for the Chinese government's supportive position in the Vienna talks on lifting sanctions, Amir-Abdollahian outlined Iran’s policies with regard to the nuclear deal and stressed the need for realism on the part of the West, Press TV reported.

“This will be possible by removing all sanctions contravening the JCPOA and adopting serious measures with regard to providing guarantees,” he added using the official name of the nuclear agreement and referring to Iran’s key demand for assurances that the US will not ditch the JCPOA again as it did under former president Donald Trump almost four years ago.

Wang said Washington’s 2018 withdrawal from the deal damaged Iran and violated its legitimate rights.

The negotiations – attended by Britain, China, France, Germany, Iran, Russia and indirectly the United States – were halted at the end of last month.

The delegations arrived in the Austrian capital and that the discussions resumed in the afternoon at the upmarket Coburg Palace hotel, AFP reported.

Iran’s top security official on Tuesday urged the US to abandon the “maximum pressure” campaign that Trump launched against the Islamic Republic to pave the way for the Vienna negotiations.

"Continuing maximum pressure against Iran, the current US administration has so far tried to meet the goals that Trump failed to achieve through bullying, by making unsupported promises,” Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said in a tweet written in English on Tuesday.

"With this Washington's illusions, the path to negotiations will not be smooth" he added.

 

‘Five minutes away’

Amir-Abdollahian on Monday hoped that a “final deal” would be sealed in the coming days.

“We hope to close in on a final deal at this stage,” he said.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that answers that "the United States brings... to Vienna will determine when we can reach an agreement."

"We are five minutes away from the finish line," Russian negotiator Mikhail Ulyanov said in an interview to the Russian daily Kommersant.

"A draft of the final document has been crafted. There are several points there that need more work, but that document is already on the table," he continued.

The US signaled its willingness to clinch an agreement as soon as possible.

"A deal that addresses all sides' core concerns is in sight," a US State Department spokesperson said on Monday.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz told The Washington Post in an interview published online on Monday that “now this is the time for decisions”.

 

 

 

   
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