US Ready to Lift Large Chunk of Sanctions: Iranian Negotiator

US Ready to Lift Large Chunk of Sanctions: Iranian Negotiator

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’s top negotiator in the latest round of talks for the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal said the US has expressed readiness to remove a large part of the sanctions against Tehran, adding, however, that the negotiations will go on until Iran’s demands are fully met.

Speaking after a session of talks in Vienna on Friday, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi, who heads Iran’s delegation to the negotiations, briefed media on the latest developments regarding the fate of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) .

He said the Americans have expressed readiness to lift a big chunk of the anti-Iranian sanctions. “But from Iran’s viewpoint, such a step would not be enough, thus the negotiations will continue until all of our country’s demands are met.”

Araqchi said what could be inferred from the first session is that all sides are serious in pursuing a solution to revive the JCPOA.

He added that the new round was started with “positive energy,” expressing hope that the delegations could reach conclusions in the shortest time possible.

“The challenges and differences are not small and should thus be put to talks in order to come up with solutions for them,” the Iranian diplomat added.

Araqchi reaffirmed Iran’s readiness to resume its full implementation of the deal as soon as its demands are fulfilled.

He said there will be no pause in the negotiations, which will be held at the level of experts and within the working groups set up in the previous rounds of the talks in Vienna, Press TV reported.

Delegations from Iran and the Group 4+1 concluded the fresh round of the JCPOA Joint Commission’s talks in Vienna on Friday evening.

The participants decided to immediately start expert-level and technical consultations and work on the drafts.

All parties once again underlined their seriousness to reach a conclusion in the shortest time possible.

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