Iran Govt Welcomes 'Promising' U.S. Comments on Sanctions

James Marshall
April 6, 2021

After Iran verifies US sanction removal measures, it will be ready to reverse its measures pertaining to the suspension of its commitments taken because of the opposite sides' violation of the deal, he added. Besides, the discussions in the Vienna meeting would be around the fulfillment of obligations by the other parties to the deal to safeguard Iran's agreement interests, Khatibzadeh added.

Former President Donald Trump withdrew from the accord in 2018, re-imposing strict US sanctions on Iran's economy and government.

Nor is it clear that the U.S. administration is willing to lift all of its sanctions, as Iran is demanding. He said Tehran will not accept the USA doing so in a "step-by-step" manner in tandem with Iran taking steps to resume JCPOA compliance.

"We don't underestimate the scale of the challenges ahead". These are early days. "We don't anticipate an early or immediate breakthrough", State Department spokesperson Ned Price said Monday - before calling the indirect talks a "healthy step forward".

Iran is demanding an end to Washington's sanctions and has refused to meet U.S. negotiators at the latest talks, meaning European players will act as intermediaries.

Price said the USA would consider lifting nuclear-related sanctions that former President Donald Trump had reimposed on Iran in return for "more permanent and verifiable limits" on the Iranian nuclear program. It may seem like semantics, and maybe it is.

"If we're realistic about what both sides have to do. we could get there", he told U.S. broadcaster PBS.

The talks begin Tuesday in Vienna, the capital of Austria, where much of the diplomacy around the original deal unfolded. Iran insists its full compliance will only take place once USA sanctions are removed.

That alone will be no easy task. There are critical questions remaining, including how quickly Iran can dismantle the advanced centrifuges now spinning, how it will reduce its stockpile of enriched uranium, and what to do about its gains in research and development as it violated its terms of the deal.

In Washington, U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price told a press briefing that U.S. Special Envoy for Iran Robert Malley will lead the U.S. delegation to the Vienna talks in which Britain, China, France, Germany and Russian Federation are seeking to revive the Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. That the Iranians will then be on a clear patient pathway to actually becoming a nuclear weapons state and I think you begin to see all of our allies in the Middle East understanding that America is completely unreliable, beginning to distance themselves from us and beginning to cozy up to what they see are going to be the clear new powers in the region.

Iran has called for Saudi Arabia to engage in direct talks to solve ongoing issues between the two countries without the involvement of a third party, Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said yesterday.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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