Source: US Continued Refusal to Lift All Anti-Iran Sanctions to Lead N. Talks to Failure
TEHRAN (FNA)- The United States’ persistence in not removing all the sanctions it has imposed on Iran will definitely bring the Vienna nuclear talks to a halt, an informed source said.
“America’s insistence on not terminating these sanctions will lead to a definitive halt in the negotiations under way in Vienna, Austria, on reviving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA),” the source told presstv.
It added that Iran is still emphasizing the full implementation of the deal’s Article 29 and the termination of all the sanctions related to the nuclear deal and those re-imposed or relabeled during the term of ex-US President Donald Trump.
According to the source, as the Iranian negotiating team has repeatedly announced during the Vienna talks, all the sanctions that were imposed on the Islamic Republic under any title after the JCPOA took effect — whether during the term of Trump or that of his predecessor Barack Obama — should be removed and all the JCPOA articles should be precisely implemented.
“The so-called Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) as well as visa and U-turn regulations are all in violation of Article 29 of the deal,” the source said.
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 Monday, Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said the country’s negotiating team is in no rush in the nuclear talks, but they won’t let the attrition of talks either.
“The Iranian negotiating team is in no hurry in the talks, they perform their mission seriously and tactfully and at the same time, they won’t allow the talks become exhausting and protracted,” Khatibzadeh said in reference to the ongoing nuclear negotiations between Iran and G4+1 in Vienna.
He clarified Iran’s principled policy in the Vienna talks, stressing that the text of the JCPOA must be implemented word by word.