Tehran does not intend to conduct direct or indirect negotiations with the United States at the upcoming meeting in Vienna, at which a return to compliance with the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal will be discussed. Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Arakchi said this, IRNA reports. The United States withdrew from the nuclear deal in 2018.
“We will negotiate with the countries of the“ 4 + 1 ”group Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany. and tell them about our requirements and conditions for the United States to return to the nuclear deal. Our demand is for the United States to comply with all of its obligations under the JCPOA and to lift the sanctions. After that, we will check their actions and return (to fulfill their obligations), “Arakchi said. He also voiced Tehran’s position that Iran does not intend to take any steps forward until the US lifts all sanctions.
The talks will take place in Vienna on April 6. On Friday, Washington confirmed its participation in a meeting at which the parties will discuss the return to the fulfillment of the terms of the nuclear deal through intermediaries. In particular, it is planned to discuss what steps Iran should take in order to return to fulfill its obligations under the agreement, as well as the lifting of US sanctions.
“It is still early and we do not expect an immediate breakthrough as difficult negotiations await us. But we believe this is a healthy step forward, ”said State Department spokesman Ned Price. He also added that Washington does not yet count on direct negotiations with Iran, but “remains open to such a possibility.”
European countries participating in the “4 + 1” format also expressed their readiness to facilitate the return of the United States to the agreement.
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the nuclear deal, was signed in 2015. Under its terms, Iran refuses to develop nuclear weapons and admits international observers to its nuclear facilities. The United States, the EU, and the UN Security Council are responding by lifting sanctions against Iran.
However, in 2018, President Donald Trump announced the US withdrawal from the deal, explaining that Iran was in violation of the agreement. Tehran, in turn, announced the suspension of the implementation of certain points of the deal.
In early February, Bloomberg sources said the Joe Biden administration wants to take steps to reopen the nuclear deal. Washington is considering an option to ease the financial situation of Iran, including through loans from the International Monetary Fund to fight the coronavirus pandemic, as well as some easing of sanctions.