U.S. clashes with Iran over sanctions; U.S. sees potential “deadlock”

U.S. and Iranian officials clashed on Friday over what sanctions the U.S. should lift to resume compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal, calling for Tehran to lift all sanctions since 2017. When sticking, Washington predicted a deadlock.

As an indirect negotiation in Vienna, the two countries have taken a strict stance on how to fully comply with this week’s agreement.

Talks between European Union officials between the rest of the agreement and the United States limit Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for the core negotiations of the agreement, the lifting of US and other international sanctions. The purpose is to recover. ..

Former US President Donald Trump has imposed “greatest pressure” on Iran after officially withdrawing the United States from the 2015 Iran Agreement in May 2018, calling it a “horrible one-sided agreement” and “fundamental”. Is flawed. “

Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also said last month that rejoining the deal with Iran would reduce the security of the United States and the Middle East.

“All Trump sanctions are anti-JCPOA and need to be removed. There is no need to distinguish between any designations,” Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said on Twitter in its full name Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Mentioned.

The Byden administration states that it is ready to lift “sanctions that are inconsistent with the JCPOA.” It did not provide details, but it appears to exclude sanctions that are not formally related to the nuclear issue covered by the agreement.

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Police officers will stay in front of the “Grand Hotel Wien”, where private nuclear negotiations with Iran will take place in Vienna, Austria, on April 9, 2021. (Florian Schroetter / AP Photo)

A senior US State Department official told reporters that the United States saw signs of Iran’s seriousness regarding its return to the nuclear deal, but “certainly not enough.”

“If Iran has to lift all sanctions imposed since 2017, or stick to the position that there are no deals, we’re heading for a dead end,” a senior U.S. official told reporters in a conference call. Told to.

It is not yet known if the statement is open to Gambit or in a more solid position. European officials said Iran was initially negotiating hard.

The Russian and Chinese envoys agreed that the remaining parties to the agreement, Iran, the United Kingdom, China, France, Germany and Russia, would meet again on Friday to continue after official talks began on Tuesday. Said.

The remaining parties have formed two expert-level working groups tasked with preparing a list of sanctions lifted by the United States and nuclear regulations implemented by Iran. Their work continues during the Joint Committee meeting.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that diplomats would meet again in Vienna on Wednesday. Negotiations are expected to continue for several weeks.

Some diplomats hope to reach an agreement before the June 18 presidential election in Iran. Otherwise, we are discussing the risk of being postponed until the second half of the year.

Epoch Times staff contributed to this report

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