Iran’s foreign minister on Sunday accused the United States of seeking to “impose new conditionsduring the Vienna talks on reinstating the 2015 nuclear deal.Regarding the lifting of sanctions, they (the Americans) are interested in imposing new conditions outside the negotiations“, said Hossein Amir-Abdollahian quoted by the official news agency IRNA. “In the past two or three weeks, the American side has made excessive demands that contradict certain paragraphs of the text.he said without further ado.
Iran has been engaged for a year in negotiations with France, Germany, Britain, Russia and China directly, and the United States indirectly in the Austrian capital to revive the agreement, officially known as the name Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). “The Americans continue to talk about the need for direct negotiations, but we have not seen the benefit of direct talks with the United Statessaid Amir-Abdollahin.
The 2015 deal grants sanctions relief to Iran in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program to ensure Tehran could not develop a nuclear weapon – something it has always denied it wants to do. But the United States’ unilateral withdrawal from the accord in 2018 under then-President Donald Trump and the reimposition of tough economic sanctions prompted Iran to start backtracking on its own commitments.
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“We are seeking the lifting of sanctions, but only if it is done in a dignified and sustainable way“said the head of Iranian diplomacy, adding that”Iran will maintain its red lines“.
The Vienna negotiations aim to bring the United States back to the nuclear agreement, in particular by lifting sanctions against Iran, and to guarantee Tehran’s full compliance with its commitments. They were halted on March 11 after Russia demanded guarantees that Western sanctions imposed following its invasion of Ukraine would not harm its trade with Iran.
A few days later, Moscow said it had received the necessary guarantees. “We were about to conclude technical discussions with the three European countries, but at the same time we had to deal with the war in Ukrainesaid Amir-Abdollahin.
Talks to revive the deal had progressed, but outstanding issues remain unresolved. Among the main sticking points is Tehran’s demand to remove the Revolutionary Guards, the ideological arm of the Iranian military, from a US terrorist list.