The Iran Project

Verifiable removal of US sanctions only acceptable option, says Iran Source

Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Seyyed Abbas Araqchi is in Vienna, Austria, for talks with the P4+1 (Russia, China, Britain, France, and Germany) on the US return to the Iran nuclear deal.

As diplomats are going to hold a meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission in Vienna on Tuesday, an informed source close to the Iranian negotiating team maintained that the termination of the US sanctions in a verifiable manner is the only choice for Washington to rejoin the deal.

The source told Press TV that Washington’s response to Iran’s unilateral commitment to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is nothing but a unilateral move to remove all the sanctions.

“Tehran will not accept any outcome of the Vienna meeting other than the removal of all sanctions,” the source said on Monday night.

The source said the Iranian team’s agenda in the Vienna talks is clear. “Iran will start its measures to return to JCPOA commitments only after the removal of all US sanctions and verifying it.”

“Robert Malley will have to leave Vienna empty-handed if the Tuesday meeting would result in anything other than the removal of all US sanctions,” the source added, referring to the US president’s special envoy for Iran who is expected to attend the Vienna talks.

Following the 18th meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission that was held via videoconference on Friday, the participants decided to proceed with the talks in Vienna next week to continue the consultations and define the measures relating to the termination of US sanctions.

The JCPOA was signed in 2015 between Iran and Group 5+1 and endorsed by the UN Security Council Resolution 2231.

However, then-US president Donald Trump unilaterally pulled Washington out of the nuclear deal in May 2018 and reinstated the anti-Iranian sanctions that had been lifted by the deal.

As the remaining European parties have failed to fulfill their commitments to the accord and compensate for Washington’s absence, Iran moved in May 2019 to scale back its JCPOA commitments.

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