Iran Urges Lifting of All US Unlawful Sanctions in Draft Documents
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran informed signatories of the nuclear deal, in detailed draft documents, that it wants all US sanctions that violate the 2015 agreement to be removed.
Iran has reiterated that the sanction include all those embargoes imposed under former US President Donald Trump as part of the maximum pressure campaign.
Iran's lead negotiator Ali Baqeri Kani announced that the Islamic Republic has called for the verifiable removal of sanctions and guarantees that the US will not commit further violations.
He pointed out that the ball is now in the US court.
Following talks with EU coordinator Enrique Mora on Thursday, Baqeri Kani also met the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Rafael Mariano Grossi, expressing Iran’s intention to continue its close cooperation with the IAEA and to remain actively engaged in the Vienna talks.
Iran’s lead negotiator said he has warned other participants not to allow outside players to negatively influence or obstruct the process of talks, saying his team is serious about reaching an agreement and is ready to continue the negotiations.
The European diplomats participating in talks with Iran in Vienna talks were surprised on Thursday by the Iranian negotiating team’s initiative and pragmatic proposals on removal of sanctions.
European diplomats participating in Vienna talks, planned to pursue their own agenda and push Iran to a corner.
Despite the fact that the first phase of the seventh round of nuclear negotiations among the G4+1 group (Britain, France, Russia, China plus Germany), Iran and the European Union kicked off in a positive atmosphere, some parties try to follow up political and propaganda campaign under the pressure of the US.
Reports say that the European negotiating teams, who meant to pursue their own agenda and push Iran to a corner, did not expect to face a documented initiative by the new Iranian negotiators on lifting sanctions and practical propositions for an agreement to resolve disputes over the nuclear and sanctions issues.
Certain European teams are said to be calling for the finalizing of the negotiations in the first phase of the seventh round in order to find a strategy against the Iranian initiative and to affect Iran’s economy and internal affairs.
On the other hand, the Iranian delegation underlined during experts talks that they are ready to continue talks as long as needed.
Therefore, media connected to European delegations have exacerbated propaganda campaign in a bid to push the Iranian team into the trap of rushing for a consensus.
However, the negotiating teams in Vienna have officially announced that the negotiations will continue to pave the way for a conclusion, which should be acceptable in the eyes of all parties.
Iranian officials have declared that Tehran is determined to reach a fair agreement, which guarantees Iran’s nuclear and economic rights.
Envoys from Iran and the G4+1 group of countries began on Monday the seventh round of talks in Vienna after a five-month pause caused by Iran’s presidential election and the formation of a new administration in the country.
The following day, they participated in expert-level meetings of the working group formed to separately deal with the removal of US sanctions against Iran.
On Wednesday, the third day of the talks, working groups continued discussions on different topics. Bilateral and multilateral meetings were also held at different levels, according to the Iranian Foreign Ministry.
Former US president Donald Trump left the JCPOA in May 2018 and re-imposed the anti-Iran sanctions that the deal had lifted. He also placed additional sanctions on Iran under other pretexts not related to the nuclear case as part of his “maximum pressure” campaign.
Following a year of strategic patience, Iran decided to let go of some of the restrictions on its nuclear energy program, resorting to its legal rights under the JCPOA, which grants a party the right to suspend its contractual commitments in case of a non-performance by the other side.
The US administration of President Joe Biden had said it was willing to compensate for Trump’s mistake and rejoin the deal, but it has retained the sanctions as leverage.
Iran says it won’t settle for anything less than the removal of all US bans in a verifiable manner. It also wants guarantees that the US would not abandon the agreement again.