Iran seeks in the talks in Vienna that the United States end the sanctions and abandon the policy of “maximum pressure” against Tehran, implemented by the government of former President Donald Trump, according to Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh. This Monday, April 18.
In a weekly press conference in Tehran, Khatibzadeh stressed that the Joe Biden Administration team must eliminate all elements and components of the Trump period policy in order to reach an agreement amid negotiations in the Austrian capital. .
The Iranian diplomat assured that the elimination of sanctions is a key issue for the Persian country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The eighth round of talks between Iran and world powers in the Austrian capital to save the 2015 nuclear deal was suspended indefinitely last month over differences between Tehran and Washington on key points.
So far, the two sides have failed to resolve the outstanding issues that are needed to reach a final agreement.
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Khatibzadeh said that what was being discussed in Vienna was in line with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the official name of the nuclear deal; he added that this will not change.
The spokesman accused Washington of “persistent delays” in responding to Tehran’s demands during the talks, adding that his country has already clarified “pending issues” to the US.
“Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed,” added the senior Iranian official, noting: “Once the pending issues are finished, we can talk about an agreement in Vienna.”
Khatibzadeh revealed that Tehran and Washington have exchanged messages through Enrique Mora, the European Union’s coordinator for the talks in Vienna, but the US messages have not met Iranian expectations.
However, the spokesman praised Mora for his “excellent” role in the negotiations and said that all parties are trying to pave the way for the “honest” return of the United States to the historic agreement, which former US President Donald Trump abandoned in May 2018.
Regarding the release of Iran’s frozen assets in South Korea, Khatibzadeh said it is not related to the prisoner swap with the US, refuting reports that three Iranian-Americans would be freed in exchange, and that a delegation from the region visited Tehran last week to finalize the procedure on Iranian funds.
*Aicha Sandoval Alaguna contributed to the writing of this article.
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