Iran urges Europe to lean on US on lifting sanctions 1

Iran urges Europe to lean on US on lifting sanctions


Tehran: Iran said on Monday that the outcome of the Vienna negotiations aimed at saving its nuclear agreement will depend on European parties interested in the US lifting of sanctions.

After his predecessor Donald Trump withdrew and imposed sanctions on Iran, Britain, France and Germany are pushing for the reintegration of the administration of US President Biden into the 2015 nuclear agreement.

The other participants, including China and Russia, are to meet Tuesday in-person in the Austrian capital, with the United States indirectly taking part.

“Whether the joint commission s agenda produces a result or not depends on the Europeans and the 4+1 reminding the US of its obligations and the Americans acting on their commitments,” Iran s foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said.

“How and where the 4+1 talk to the US is their own business,” he told reporters, noting there will be no negotiations in Vienna.

The meeting s aim is to “talk about the path of lifting sanctions”, he added.

The transaction, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan (JCPOA), promises Iran to waive international sanctions in exchange for restrictions on its nuclear program.

Biden has promised to rejoin the agreement, but the condition is that Iran will first resume its suspended nuclear commitments under sanctions.

However, Tehran stated that Washington must end sanctions first.

The European Union has stated that its mediator will maintain “individual contact” with the United States in Vienna.

A senior EU official said that two groups of experts from other countries will work at the same time. One group will focus on US sanctions and the other will focus on overturning Iran’s suspended nuclear commitments.

Khatibzadeh said experts from an Iranian delegation would explain “how (we plan) to stop our remedial measures”.

“We have only one step, not step-by-step, (which) includes the lifting of all US sanctions,” he stressed.

“It will become clear tomorrow whether the 4+1 can realise the points expected by Iran or not, so that we would have a clearer path forward,” Khatibzadeh said.

The Vienna meeting comes after a video conference of a JCPOA joint commission held on Friday.

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