2021-May-11 21:47
2021-April-10  11:17

AEOI Spokesman: Only Removal of Sanctions Matters to Iran

TEHRAN (FNA)- Lifting of all sanctions is the only thing that is important to Iran, Spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi said, adding that then Iran will conduct the necessary verification.

“What matters for Iran is the termination of all sanctions,” Kamalvandi said in a reference to the recent talks in Vienna between Iran and other signatories to the nuclear deal, and noted that Tehran should verify the practical removal of sanctions.    

“During the talks in Vienna, Iranian negotiators have urged the removal of all the 1,600 sanctions imposed on the country since 2017,” he said.

The spokesman made it clear that Iran is moving fast and time is in its favor, adding that even if nothing happens on the sanctions, Iran will move further technically and “the further we go, the better our situation will become.”

In relevant remarks on Friday, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said that termination of all US sanctions is a necessary step to revive the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

“The removal of US sanctions against Iran is the necessary step for revival of the nuclear deal,” Araqchi said at the second round of the 18th Joint Commission of the JCPOA was held in Vienna on Friday.

He stressed Iran’s will to continue serious interactions, and added, "It depends on the political will and seriousness of the other parties, otherwise there will be no reason to continue negotiations."

The top diplomat noted that the US should lift all sanctions, and went on to say, “Only after verification of the lifting of these sanctions, Iran is ready to suspend its remedial measures and return to implementation of the JCPOA."

At the end of the meeting, it was agreed that the next meeting of the commission at the level of deputies would be held next Wednesday in Vienna and intensive technical and expert consultations within the framework of expert groups should be continued immediately to prepare and present a list of measures to be taken by all parties in the field of lifting sanctions and nuclear issues to revive the JCPOA.

The first round of JCPOA talks ended on Tuesday after an hour of five-sided negotiations.