As 2nd round of Vienna talks end, Zarif stresses Iran’s ‘logical path’ to saving JCPOA

As the latest round of talks on the 2015 nuclear deal ends in Vienna, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Iran has offered a “logical path” towards the revival of the agreement, through which the US would remove the sanctions imposed by its ex-administration on Iran in their entirety — without any distinction — before Tehran does its part.

Zarif made the remarks in a tweet he posted on Friday, shortly after delegates of Iran and the co-signatories to the nuclear deal — Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany — wrapped up four days of talks and diplomatic efforts in the Austrian capital to revitalize the agreement, formally named the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The JCPOA has been in crisis since May 2018, when the US under ex-president Donald Trump pulled his country of the agreement and re-imposed the sanctions that had been lifted under the UN-endorsed document.

Besides, the hawkish Trump administration launched a campaign of “maximum pressure” on Iran, under which it placed on Iran several other sets of sanctions under pretexts unrelated to the nuclear issue.

A year later, Iran began to take a series of progressive retaliatory measures as part of its contractual rights under Article 36 of the JCPOA.

In his tweet, Zarif said “Iran proposes logical path to full JCPOA compliance,” explaining that the “US — which caused this crisis — should return to full compliance first,” and then Iran will follow suit and “reciprocate following rapid verification.”