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Iran to rejoin sanctions removal talks before November’s end: Top negotiator

Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Baqeri-Kani (R) and EU deputy foreign policy chief Enrique Mora pose for a photo before their meeting in Tehran on October 14, 2021. (Photo by Fars news agency)

Iran’s top negotiator in talks aimed at the removal of the United States’ illegal sanctions against the Islamic Republic says Tehran will rejoin the negotiations before the end of November.

Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Baqeri-Kani announced the development in a tweet following talks with Enrique Mora, the European Union’s deputy foreign policy chief, in Brussels on Wednesday.

Baqeri-Kani wrote that he had “had a very serious & constructive dialogue with Enrique Mora on the essential elements for successful negotiations.”

“We agree to start negotiations before the end of November. Exact date would be announced in the course of the next week,” he added.

The US re-introduced the sanctions against Iran in 2018 after leaving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a historic nuclear agreement that had lifted the inhumane economic bans in return for some voluntary restrictions on Iran’s peaceful nuclear energy program.

Following a year of strategic patience, Iran resorted to its legal rights stipulated in Article 26 of the JCPOA, which grants a party the right to suspend its contractual commitments in case of non-compliance by other signatories and let go of some of the restrictions imposed on its nuclear energy program.

Iran and the remaining parties to the JCPOA have held six rounds of talks in Vienna, which began after the US administration of Joe Biden voiced a willingness to rejoin the nuclear agreement, to examine the prospect of the bans’ fresh removal.

The talks were, however, put on hold in the run-up to Iran’s presidential elections in June so that the Islamic Republic could go through a period of government transition.

Baqeri-Kani’s affirmation concerning Iran’s intention to rejoin the negotiations came although some American media outlets earlier alleged that the Islamic Republic had turned down a proposal for a meeting by the UK, France, and Germany.

Earlier on Wednesday, a source familiar with Baqeri-Kani’s diplomatic efforts in Brussels, Belgium, rejected the US media claims that Iran had responded negatively to a meeting with representatives of the European trio — France, Britain, and Germany.

According to the source, who was speaking with press TV on the condition of anonymity, Iran has formally voiced preparedness for direct talks with the three European parties to the nuclear deal, named the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

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