2021-May-15 09:52
2021-April-26  11:43

Official: Iran to Resume N. Undertakings Only After Verification of All Sanctions Removal

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said the only way for Iran to resume its nuclear obligations under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is to remove all sanctions first by the US and its verification by Iran.

“All sanctions must be lifted and Iran will do verification,” Araqchi said, adding, “then Iran will return to its commitments.” 

“It is still too soon to judge or to say whether we are optimistic or pessimistic about the Vienna talks,” he went on to say.

In relevant remarks on Saturday, an informed source told Press TV that Iran will never accept a step-for-step lifting of the sanctions, and stressed that all sanctions including those imposed by ex-President Donald Trump should be removed.

“Iran has repeatedly emphasized that it does not accept any plan based on the notion of a step-for-step [sanctions removal] and has no such thing on the agenda,” he said on Saturday, and added that the whole sanctions should be removed in one phase.

The source made the remarks in response to earlier comments by US State Department’s Spokesman Ned Price, who said the administration of President Joe Biden is seeking a step-for-step return to the nuclear deal.

However, the informed source told Press TV that Iran would stop its “remedial actions” only after it full verification of all the sanctions removal.

He emphasized that the sanctions include those related to the nuclear deal, also called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as well as the ones that were imposed under any other label by Trump or his predecessor, Barack Obama.