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2021-December-1  15:45

Iran, G4+1 Form Working Group in Vienna on Lifting Sanctions

TEHRAN (FNA)- The delegations of Iran and the Group 4+1, participating in the Vienna talks, formed a working group to discuss ways to remove sanctions against Tehran.

With the reasoned insistence of the delegation of the Islamic Republic of Iran to give priority to the issue of lifting sanctions, the working group on removal of sanctions held a meeting on Tuesday. At this meeting, the delegation of the Islamic Republic of Iran, referred to dispatching of a comprehensive and expert delegation to Vienna, and reaffirmed Iran's determination to achieve a result.

At the Tuesday meeting, Iran presented its demands in a categorized and clear manner and advised other delegations to actively and constructively present solutions and proposals;

During the meeting, several delegations, specially Russia and China, praised the pragmatic approach and clear categorization of Iran's demands.

The representatives of the Islamic Republic of Iran reiterated that the texts prepared in previous rounds of talks was only a draft and all these texts can be renegotiated. Therefore, it is necessary that Iran’s views and demands will be met by providing innovative plans.

One of the important points raised by Iran at the meeting was that anything that violated the nuclear deal’s goal of "normalizing economic and trade relations with Iran" should be resolved. Iran emphasizes that the two issues of sanctions and nuclear undertakings should not be taken "hostage" for each other, and that it is necessary first to logically resolve the issue of sanctions that resulted from the US measure as a violator of the nuclear deal.

Meantime, the Tuesday's meeting was held in a professional atmosphere, and finally, despite differences in views, everyone expressed readiness and seriousness to discuss and engage in efforts to lift the sanctions.

Iran’s top negotiator Ali Baqeri Kani, who is also the deputy foreign minister, told reporters in Vienna on Monday that after the first round all participants agreed to focus on lifting sanctions against Tehran.

Baqeri Kani said that he was optimistic after the first meetings, adding that all parties agreed that focus of the talks should be lifting of sanctions imposed on Iran after the US unilateral withdrawal from the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

He added that the participants also agreed that a special working group should start its work on Tuesday to discuss "the removal of illegal and brutal sanctions" imposed on the Iranian nation.

"I believe that this is a great achievement that all member states of the G4+1 group accepted Iran's rightful request and emphasized that the state of the US regime's illegal sanctions against our people must be clarified first and then other issues be discussed," Baqeri Kani said.

He added that guarantees should be given to Tehran that no new sanctions would be imposed on the country.

“During the meeting, we emphasized that the main factor behind the current conditions is actions taken by a country, which left the agreement in violation of the accord and the United Nations Security Council resolution [that upheld it], and also reinstated past sanctions [on Iran] in contravention of international laws and regulations while imposing new sanctions as well,” Baqeri Kani said.

The US unilaterally abandoned the multilateral nuclear deal in 2018 despite Iran’s full compliance with its nuclear undertakings, as repeatedly certified by the UN nuclear agency. The US then unleashed a “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran, which practically deprived the country of all of the deal’s economic benefits.

Envoys from Iran and the remaining signatories to the JCPOA – Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China – ended the first meeting of the seventh round of discussions in Vienna on Monday. The negotiations were paused in June, when Iran held its presidential election. Since then, the new Iranian administration has been reviewing the details of the six rounds of discussions held under the previous administration.

Iran has already clarified that the talks will not focus on nuclear issues, noting that those issues were already been resolved through negotiations, which led to the conclusion of the JCPOA.

Iran says it will not settle for anything less than removal of all US sanctions at once and in a verifiable manner. Tehran has also called on the other parties to make the most of the occasion, warning that the window of opportunity will not remain open indefinitely.