FM stresses on Iran’s ‘logical path’ to saving JCPOA
As the latest round of talks on the 2015 nuclear deal ends in Vienna, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Iran has offered a “logical path” towards the revival of the agreement, through which the US would remove the illegal sanctions imposed by its ex-administration on Iran in their entirety — without any distinction — before Tehran does its part.
According to Press TV, Zarif made the remarks in a tweet he posted on Friday, shortly after delegates of Iran and the co-signatories to the nuclear deal — Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany — wrapped up four days of talks and diplomatic efforts in the Austrian capital to revitalize the agreement, formally named the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
In his tweet, Zarif said “Iran proposes logical path to full JCPOA compliance,” explaining that the “US — which caused this crisis — should return to full compliance first,” and then Iran will follow suit and “reciprocate following rapid verification.”
Araqchi: Removal of US bans a necessary step to save deal
Following the discussions in Vienna, Iran’s top negotiator, Abbas Araqchi, described the talks as “constructive.”
He added that Tehran stands ready for “serious interactions” with the co-signatories, but this will depend on the seriousness and political will of the other parties.
“Otherwise, there will be no reason for the negotiations to continue,” warned Araqchi, who serves as the deputy foreign minister for political affairs.
He said the termination of “all the American sanctions devised under Trump is the necessary step for the revival of the JCPOA. Only after verification [of the sanctions removal], Iran will be ready to stop its remedial measures and return to full compliance.”