Iran rejects media story on US demands in Vienna talks

The spokesperson for the Iranian Foreign Ministry rejected the “false claims” raised by an Iranian media outlet about a possible halt to the Vienna talks for the revival of the JCPOA in case the US keeps insisting on the maintenance of the sanctions.

Asked by reporters about a story released by Press TV which has cited an anonymous informed source as talking about the conditions leading to a halt to the JCPOA talks, Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Wednesday, “The points of disagreement between Iran and the US in Vienna are not few, as some of the US’ stances in Vienna have not been acceptable.”

“That’s why the Iranian delegation is advancing the Vienna talks carefully and discreetly,” he added.

On the report that has mentioned a possible halt to the JCPOA negotiations under the US’ insistence on the continuation of sanctions, Khatibzadeh said, “Once again a media outlet has raised claims citing its own anonymous informed source. Not only are this case and the similar claimed cases wrong, but everybody should be confident that if the US had insisted on such issues, the negotiations would have definitely come to a halt by now.”

His comments came after Press TV quoted an informed source as saying that the US’ continued refusal to terminate all the sanctions on Iran will bring the Vienna negotiations to a halt.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the source told Press TV that Iran is still emphasizing the full implementation of the deal’s Article 29 and the termination of all the sanctions related to the nuclear deal and those re-imposed or relabeled during the term of ex-US president Donald Trump.

The so-called Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA) as well as visa and U-turn regulations are all in violation of Article 29 of the deal, the source said.

Press TV also said it has obtained information that the US has not so far accepted to make the reforms needed to reduce the risks posed to economic and banking cooperation with Iran.

In remarks on Sunday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani offered an upbeat outlook on economic boom in Iran and raised the prospect of an end to the sanctions considering the results of the latest round of JCPOA talks in Vienna.

The new round of talks to revive the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) began in Vienna on April 6 between Iran and the remaining members of the nuclear deal, namely the UK, France, Russia and China plus Germany.

The US left the JCPOA in 2018 and restored the economic sanctions that the accord had lifted. Tehran retaliated with remedial nuclear measures that it is entitled to take under the JCPOA’s Paragraph 36.

The current negotiations examine the potential of revitalization of the nuclear deal and the US’ likely return to it.