The United States can return to fulfilling its obligations under the nuclear deal with Iran, but it is worth waiting for the final results of the Vienna talks, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi told.
Since the beginning of April, regular face-to-face meetings of the nuclear deal commission have begun in the Austrian capital, and informal meetings in various formats have taken place between them. Currently, there are three working expert groups, two of them – on the lifting of US anti-Iranian sanctions and the nuclear issue-are searching for concrete steps that Tehran and Washington need to take to fully restore the nuclear deal. The task of the third expert group is to coordinate the sequence of these steps. The negotiators intended to complete them by the end of May.
“There is hope for the return of the United States to the JCPOA, but it is necessary to wait for the end of the negotiations in Vienna and the verification of measures to lift economic sanctions against Iran,” the deputy head of the Iranian foreign ministry said. In 2015, the United Kingdom, Germany, China, Russia, the United States, France, and Iran concluded a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which provides for the lifting of sanctions in exchange for limiting Iran’s nuclear program as a guarantee of non-receipt of nuclear weapons by Tehran. In May 2018, then-US President Donald Trump decided to unilaterally withdraw and restore tough sanctions against Tehran.