Iranian president calls for lifting of US sanctions to advance nuclear talks
Tehran: Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has said that to make progress in the ongoing nuclear talks, the lifting of US sanctions against Iran should come with safeguards and the resolution of safeguards issues, the agency reported. IRNA official press.
He made the remarks in an interview with Al Jazeera news channel in the Uzbek city of Samarkand on Thursday night, stressing that the Iranian government is determined to protect the rights of its people, Xinhua news agency reported.
Speaking of possible direct talks with the United States, Raisi added on Friday that “direct negotiations with the United States on a (possible) nuclear deal are pointless, and the United States should take confidence-building measures with Iran”.
The Iranian president questioned Washington’s recent decision to impose new anti-Iran sanctions, saying that if the United States was seeking a deal with Iran, “why are they imposing new sanctions in the midst of nuclear negotiations? »
Over the past week, Washington has announced sanctions against a number of Iranian nationals and companies as well as the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence.
Iran signed the JCPOA with world powers in July 2015, agreeing to curb its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions against the country. However, former US President Donald Trump withdrew Washington from the deal and reimposed unilateral sanctions on Tehran, prompting the latter to back out of some of its commitments under the pact.
Talks on reviving the JCPOA began in April 2021 in Vienna but were suspended in March this year due to political differences between Tehran and Washington. The latest round of nuclear talks was held in the Austrian capital in early August after a five-month hiatus.
On August 8, the EU presented its final text of the draft decision on reviving the JCPOA. Iran and the United States subsequently indirectly exchanged views on the EU proposal in a process that produced no favorable results.
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