According to the Iranian Foreign Ministry, Tehran wants the United States to lift all previously imposed sanctions.
Iran insists that the United States lift all previously imposed sanctions, rejecting any “phased” easing of restrictions, Iran’s Foreign Ministry said on Saturday. The announcement comes ahead of talks scheduled for next week to renew the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and major world powers. These negotiations will take place in Vienna.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said his country opposes the gradual easing of sanctions.
“A step-by-step (lifting of sanctions) is not being considered,” Khatibzadeh said in an interview with state-run Press TV.” “The final position of the Islamic Republic of Iran is the lifting of all US sanctions.”
Former US President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the nuclear deal in 2018 and re-imposed sanctions on Iran, prompting Tehran to violate some agreement points. New President Joe Biden wants to resume US participation in the agreement, but Washington and Tehran cannot decide who should take the first step.
The State Department said that the focus of the Vienna talks would be “the steps in the nuclear field that Iran will need to take to return to compliance” with the deal.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said after a phone call with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday that he had asked Tehran to avoid further violations of its nuclear obligations.
“I called on Iran to be constructive during the upcoming talks,” Le Drian said. According to him, the negotiators will determine “the steps that will need to be taken to return to full compliance with the nuclear deal.”