The United States is ready to lift sanctions against Iran that run counter to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iranian nuclear program, but this does not mean abandoning all restrictions. This was stated on Friday by a high-ranking representative of the State Department at a special telephone briefing for journalists on the negotiations in Vienna on the Iran nuclear deal.
вЂњWithout going into details, I would say that our position is that all sanctions that go against the JCPOA and the benefits that Iran expects from the JCPOA, we are ready to lift. But this does not mean that [the US will cancel] all of them, because there are some that are justified, вЂњ the diplomat said.
Negotiations in Vienna
Negotiators of the Iran nuclear deal will reconvene in Vienna around the middle of next week.
вЂњThe parties will meet again next week in Vienna, around midweek,вЂќ a State Department official said at a special telephone briefing for reporters on the talks.
The participants in the Vienna talks will discuss the sequence of steps that Washington and Tehran should take to return to compliance with the terms of the JCPOA after they have worked out the set of these steps themselves, the representative said.
вЂњThe issue of consistency is not so much in the spotlight right now. The participants [of the talks] in Vienna, I think, felt that the priority was to determine whether they could work out a common set of steps that Iran should take, as well as the United States should take, вЂњ he said at a special telephone briefing for journalists dedicated to these negotiations.
According to the diplomat, the parties should return to the issue of the sequence of steps вЂњif and when [the negotiators] come closer to a common understanding of what both sides need to do.вЂќ
The pressure campaign failed
The current US administration, led by President Joe Biden, believes that the campaign of exerting maximum pressure on Iran, conducted by the previous US chief of staff Donald Trump, has failed, a State Department spokesman said.
вЂњWe start with the principle that the campaign of [exerting] maximum pressure [on Iran], the withdrawal of [Washington] from the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) and the [US] sanctions imposed [after that] simply did not succeed in making America and the American people safer,вЂќ the Foreign Ministry official said.
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Lifting of sanctions
Talks on Iran's nuclear program will reach an impasse if Tehran expects the lifting of all US sanctions imposed in 2017, a spokesman said.
вЂњIf Iran holds on to the position that all the sanctions imposed in 2017 must be lifted, otherwise there will be no agreement, then we are heading for an impasse,вЂќ he said at a special telephone briefing for journalists on the negotiations on the Iranian nuclear program in Vienna.
The United States calls on Iran to hold direct talks on the situation around the JCPOA, designed to resolve the Tehran nuclear issue. However, Washington is not going to pay in one form or another for such a dialogue, the representative of the State Department said.
вЂњWe believe that it would be better if we [the Americans] could sit down [at the negotiating table] with the Iranians. [But] we will not pay for it. If they don't want to meet us, it's a pity.
It will just be much more difficult for them to get what they say they want: a mutual return to compliance [with the JCPOA], as it is much more difficult to negotiate...вЂќ discussions<...>. It would be much easier to talk to Iran if it were sitting on the other side of the table from us,вЂќ the foreign ministry official said.
вЂњHowever, if this is their position, then we cannot force them to sit down with us [at the negotiating table],вЂќ the US diplomat added.