2021-May-19 04:25
2021-May-2  13:32

Chief Negotiator: N. Talks Reaching Maturity, Long Road Ahead

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran’s top nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi said the third round of talks in Vienna have concluded with some “maturity” and “clarity” while there remains a lengthy and bumpy road ahead.

“I can say that the discussions have reached maturity and clarity,” Araqchi said on Saturday after the conclusion of the third round of talks in the Austrian capital, adding that the road ahead of the talks is very lengthy and bumpy.

He explained that although it is not predictable when and how the two sides can reach an agreement on the full restoration of the nuclear deal, “the format of any agreement will be definitely in accordance with the Iranian establishment’s positions.”

Elsewhere in his remarks, Araqchi said based on the agreements made so far all of the sanctions must be removed.

The US, under former president Donald Trump, unilaterally withdrew participation in the agreement and re-imposed sanctions against Iran, which the accord had lifted.

The Trump administration subsequently launched what it touted as a campaign of “maximum pressure” against Iran, hoping to force the Islamic Republic to accept large-scale limits on its nuclear program and missile work, among other things.

The administration of US President Joe Biden has verbally renounced that policy and admitted to its failure, while expressing a willingness to return to the Iran deal. However, it has so far stopped short of taking any concrete steps to that end and retained the sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

In relevant remarks on Thursday, two informed Iranian sources said the United States must first remove all sanctions before the Islamic Republic accepts results of the ongoing talks in Vienna.

Iranian officials would accept the outcomes of the ongoing Vienna talks on the revival of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action only when all sanctions illegally imposed on the country by the US are removed and Iran verifies their removal, the sources told Press TV on Thursday.

“At the present time, the main obstacles that prevent Iran from taking full advantage of the JCPOA are executive orders 12959, 13599, 13876, and 13949 signed by the US president,” they added.

Based on the report, such US acts as CAATSA and ISA as well as visa and U-turn regulations and the so-called Section 311 of the USA Patriot Act are other major obstacles that prevent Iran from availing itself of the full benefits of the JCPOA.

The sources further said that other problems not allowing Iran to benefit from the JCPOA include non-removal of sanctions and temporary 120- and 180-day lifting of US bans.

The remarks by the Iranian sources came after the Associated Press quoted “current and former US officials and others familiar with the matter” as saying that the Biden administration is considering a near wholesale rollback of some of the most stringent sanctions imposed on Iran in a bid to get the Islamic Republic to return to compliance with the JCPOA.

Biden administration’s officials have denied they will remove all non-nuclear sanctions imposed on Iran.

“Any return to the JCPOA would require sanctions relief, but we are considering removing only those sanctions that are inconsistent with the JCPOA,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said.

“Even if we rejoin the JCPOA — which remains a hypothetical — we would retain and continue to implement sanctions on Iran for activities not covered by the JCPOA, including Iran’s missile proliferation, support for terrorism, and human rights abuses,” he added.