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Iran not interested in step-by-step return to JCPOA

Homa Lezgee
Press TV, Vienna

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister says Tehran is not interested in any step-by-step return to the 2015 nuclear agreement and is demanding the full removal of all US sanctions before returning to full compliance. This came after a meeting of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in Vienna. 

A Joint Commission session between Iran and the remaining participants of the nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) comes to an end in Vienna. 

The sides have set up two expert level working groups that are going to come up with two lists, one of sanctions to be lifted by the United States and the other of nuclear measures to be undertaken by Iran in order for the country to return to full compliance with the nuclear agreement. 

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi says Tehran is not interested in any step-by-step return to the deal and is demanding the full removal of sanctions imposed, reimposed or relabeled following the US withdrawal from the JCPOA.

Iran says it has not and will not engage in any direct or indirect talks with the US and it would be up to the other JCPOA signatories, namely Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia to talk to the Americans. 

The Joint Commission will meet again in Vienna on Friday to review the work of the expert groups and discuss sequence and timing but Tehran says if there is a lack of progress it will end the talks. We are not in a hurry, Iran’s lead delegate says.


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