World powers cannot reject Iran’s proposed drafts; sanctions must be removed: Chief negotiator

Iran’s chief negotiator says the two drafts Tehran has presented to the five remaining parties to a 2015 landmark nuclear deal during the latest round of talks in the Austrian capital of Vienna “cannot be rejected,” urging once again the immediate removal of all the United States’ sanctions.

“Iran’s proposals to the world powers cannot be rejected. They are based on the provisions of the 2015 agreement,” Ali Baqeri-Kani said in an interview with the Doha-based Al Jazeera broadcaster on Friday, referring to the nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Baqeri-Kani, who serves as Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs, added that Tehran would deliver a third proposal once the first two were accepted.

Regarding the details of the proposed drafts on the removal of sanctions and nuclear issues, he said the important point is that the two parties agreed on the foundation of negotiations which is the same nuclear deal of 2015.

“What we have presented is the malfunctions and the blunders which were in the text of the [JCPOA] draft and we presented some modifications,” the Iranian chief negotiator added.

He emphasized that all nuclear-related sanctions that the US imposed on Iran following its unilateral withdrawal from the JCPOA three years after its conclusion should be removed immediately.

The JCPOA was abandoned by former US President Donald Trump in May 2018. Trump then targeted Iran’s economy with what he called the “maximum pressure” campaign, but he failed to compel Iran to negotiate a “new deal.”

Iran and the five remaining parties to the JCPOA — Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China — began the talks in the Austrian capital in April with the aim of removing Washington’s unlawful sanctions against the Islamic Republic after the US voiced interest to return to the agreement.

Diplomats from the participant countries gathered in Vienna on Monday for the seventh time, after a hiatus in the talks because of presidential election in Iran. Five days of intensive talks ended on Friday after the sides returned to the capitals for more consultations.

 

Source: Press TV