Official: Division of Sanctions to Nuclear, Non-Nuclear Not Acceptable to Iran
TEHRAN (FNA)- Tehran does not agree to have separate negotiations over the US nuclear and non-nuclear sanctions, a senior official said on Wednesday, stressing his country's demand for the removal of all sanctions at once.
A senior Iranian official told press tv on condition of anonymity that the country will not accept any division of the sanctions imposed by the US on Iran into those that had been removed under the 2015 nuclear deal and the ones unrelated to the nuclear issues.
“Iran will not accept a division of the Trump-era sanctions into JCPOA-related ones and those unrelated to the JCPOA,” the official said.
“From Iran's viewpoint, all American sanctions — including the Obama-era sanctions, the sanctions restored by Trump and the additional sanctions in the Trump-era labeled as non-nuclear — must be terminated,” the official added.
“Iran does not accept and recognize negotiations based on a division of the sanctions,” the official emphasized. “Iran’s condition for returning to its JCPOA commitments is the lasting removal of all the entire sanctions.”
The official said America and Europe must guarantee that the sanctions will not be restored on Iran again after their removal.
Tehran’s resumption of its commitments — which have been suspended in retaliation for Washington’s exit from the deal — will not be possible until after “a reasonable verification” of the sanctions removal, the official said, stressing that “a short period of time” will not be enough to verify the termination of the sanctions.
The JCPOA Joint Commission held its 18th round of talks in the Austrian city of Vienna on Tuesday, with representatives of Iran, Russia, China, France and Britain in attendance.
The US has been absent from the Commission and its discussions since 2018, when former American president Donald Trump took Washington out of the JCPOA and returned the sanctions that the nuclear accord had lifted and added new embargoes too.
On Tuesday, Iranian Government Spokesman Ali Rabiyee reiterated his country’s position that the remedial measures adopted under the nuclear deal to retaliate the world powers’ disloyalty to the agreement will not be reversed by Iran until the US lifts all its sanctions.
“Implementation of the nuclear deal is as simple as its violation by the US. Iran will not reverse the steps it has taken in reduction of its obligations until the sanctions are completely lifted. No step-by-step plan has been announced by us and Iran has not accepted any such plan,” Rabiyee told reporters in a press conference in Tehran.
He referred to the today meeting of the nuclear deal Joint Commission in Vienna, and said, “Today, we are at the beginning of a plan to revive the nuclear deal and the US government has no choice but to end its law-breaking behavior and illegal sanctions.”
Rabiyee said that the agenda of the Tuesday meeting in Vienna is to lift the US cruel sanctions against Iran and studying ways that the other side fulfills its undertakings.
“What Iran will do is within the framework of the previous declaration, that is lifting of all US sanctions and all sanctions imposed on the Iranian people or re-imposed or relabeled on different pretexts after Trump came to power, and all these should be removed, and this is a clear logic, and all these measures should be verified,” he added.
“We welcome any US move to correct the wrong path of the past and return to the right path. No direct or indirect talks with no US sides has or will take place in Vienna or anywhere else. We will provide the G4+1 with the course of action that the US should pave and the comprehensive sanctions that it should lift,” Rabiyee said.
He also underlined Iran’s good progress in developing its peaceful nuclear program, and said, “So far, 6 complete IR2M cascades have been installed in Natanz. Also, two complete IR4 cascades and one complete IR6 cascade have been installed. The capacity of the installed centrifuge machines is currently 16,500 SWUs (Separative Working Units), while the maximum capacity before the nuclear deal stood at 13,000 SWUs."