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Iran says JCPOA revival not possible without US assurances

Homa Lezgee

Press TV, Vienna

The sixth round of talks to revive the nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA comes to an end in Vienna. Delegates are headed back home for a short break, this time not for further consultations, says Iran’s lead delegate but for decision making.

The US administration represented by Robert Malley has talked of a longer and stronger deal but Iran has made it clear it will only agree to the restoration of the original JCPOA, a position reiterated by Russia.

Iran is still demanding the removal of all US sanctions, including those imposed additionally under former president Donald Trump after his withdrawal from the deal in 2018.

Iran says it will only come back to full compliance after it can verify sanctions removal. It is also seeking guarantees the US will not withdraw from the agreement again. Without such an assurance, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi says, a return to the JCPOA will not be possible.

Up until now the US has shown no signs it is willing to give that assurance. If a deal is to be achieved in the next round or by mid-July, the right political decisions need to be made.

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