US reluctance to raise all sanctions fundamental hurdle to reviving 2015 pact: Iranian official


The reluctance of the United States to raise all sanctions on Iran is the primary problem to reviving a 2015 nuclear pact, a senior Iranian official stated on Sunday, as Western powers questioned Tehran’s willpower to salvage the settlement.

Indirect talks between Washington and Tehran on reinstating their nuclear pact broke off on Friday, with each side saying they might resume the next week, as Western officers voiced dismay at sweeping calls for by the Islamic Republic.

“It is now clear that Washington’s reluctance to give up sanctions altogether is the main challenge to the progress of the talks,” the unnamed official was quoted as saying by Iran’s Tasnim information company.

“We believe that a deal is within reach if the US government gives up its campaign of maximum pressure and the European parties show serious flexibility and political will in the talks.”

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Iran and main powers began talks in April geared toward bringing again Tehran and Washington into full compliance with the pact, which was deserted by former US President Donald Trump three years in the past.

But the talks stopped after the election of Iran’s hardline President Ebrahim Raisi in June.

A yr after Trump’s reimposition of harsh sanctions on Iran, Tehran started to step by step violate nuclear limits of the settlement. Iran needs all sanctions imposed by the United States to be lifted in a verifiable course of.

While stressing that the United States nonetheless needed to revive the deal, below which Iran had restricted its nuclear program in return for reduction from financial sanctions, a senior US State Department official stated on Saturday time was operating brief.

Iran’s chief nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani stated on Monday that Tehran had delivered two draft proposals to the remaining events to the deal in Vienna, one on sanctions elimination and the opposite on nuclear limitations.

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Tehran stated it can later present a 3rd draft proposal on the “mechanism and time of verification and issues related to receiving guarantees to prevent the re-withdrawal of the US from the nuclear deal”.

Speaking on the Reuters Next convention, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated on Friday that the United States wouldn’t let Iran drag out the method whereas persevering with to advance its program and that Washington will pursue different choices if diplomacy fails.

“Contrary to the remarks of the American officials, I believe that if other parties have good will, and stop their futile blame game, an agreement is within reach,” the Iranian official stated, in keeping with Tasnim.

“Other parties should provide proper response or present new proposals and clear ideas in writing … Then, ways will be opened for the conclusion of a deal and settlement of differences.”

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