Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi did not say in what mechanism sanctions would be lifted, as European diplomats say success in reviving the 2015 nuclear pact was not “guaranteed”, but was not “guaranteed”. impossible “.
Iran’s top nuclear negotiator said Tehran expects US sanctions on oil, banks and other sectors and on most people and institutions to be lifted based on the agreements reached so far in talks in Vienna, they said. the Iranian state media.
Meanwhile, Russia and Western European powers gave mixed accounts of the work ahead. in talks to return Iran and the United States to fully comply with the 2015 nuclear deal, as talks were postponed for six days.
“Sanctions … on the Iranian energy sector, which include oil and gas, or sanctions on the automotive, financial, banking and port industries, should be lifted based on the agreements reached so far,” he said. Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi on Saturday by Iranian state media.
Araqchi did not say in what mechanism the sanctions would be lifted nor did he refer to how Tehran would comply with Washington’s demands and return to its commitments under the agreement.
“We will negotiate until the positions of the two sides come together and our demands are met,” he said.
“If they are met there will be an agreement, otherwise there will naturally be no agreement.”
Asked for comment, the U.S. State Department referred to past statements, including Friday’s statements by U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan, who said the talks were in “a little place. clear “.
“We have seen the willingness of all parties, including Iranians, to speak seriously about sanctions relief restrictions and a path to the JCPOA,” Sullivan said, referring to the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan, the title of the nuclear agreement.
“But it is not yet known if this will culminate in an agreement in Vienna,” he said.
President Joe Biden is exploring the possibility of a return to the deal after Washington removed then-President Donald Trump’s president in 2018 and re-imposed sanctions on Tehran. Iran responded from 2019 by violating many of the limits of the agreement on its nuclear activities.
The other partners in the 2015 deal have been negotiating since early April to try to reactivate it.
Talks began in Vienna with Iran, Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom and Germany, the other signatories to the agreement, gathered in the basement of a luxury hotel and US representatives from another hotel on the street. Iran has refused to hold direct meetings with US officials.
“We have a lot of work and little time left. In this context, we would have expected more progress this week, “senior diplomats from the so-called E3 (France, Britain and Germany) said on Saturday.
Officials have said they hope to reach an agreement on May 21, when an agreement between Tehran and the UN nuclear surveillance body expires on the continued monitoring of some Iranian nuclear activities.
“We have not yet understood the most critical points. Success is not guaranteed in any way, but it is not impossible “, they added.
The breakdown of talks was widely expected, as diplomats said officials from several countries were also attending the three-day meeting of the group of seven foreign ministers in London starting Monday.
Meanwhile, Russia’s ambassador, Mikhail Ulyanov, noted on Twitter that “unquestionable progress” had been made and added that he was cautiously optimistic.
At what stage is Vienna being talked about #JCPOA restoration are? It’s early to be excited, but we have reason for cautious, growing optimism. There is no deadline, but participants expect the talks to end successfully in approximately 3 weeks. Is it realistic? We will see.
– Mikhail Ulyanov (@Amb_Ulyanov) May 1, 2021
“It’s too early to get excited, but we have reason for prudent and growing optimism. There is no deadline, but participants expect the talks to end successfully in about three weeks. Is it realistic? We’ll see, “he tweeted.