WORLD Iran says providing guarantees, lifting sanctions must precede reaching agreement in Vienna


Iran says providing guarantees, lifting sanctions must precede reaching agreement in Vienna


21:00, March 28, 2022

TEHRAN, March 28 (Xinhua) -- Providing guarantees ensuring unwavering commitment by all parties to the nuclear deal and lifting U.S. sanctions are among the important issues that must be resolved before reaching any agreement in the Vienna talks on the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal, a senior Iranian official was quoted by official news agency IRNA as saying on Monday.

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Kamal Kharazi, chairman of Iran's Strategic Council on Foreign Relations, made the remarks at a meeting with Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati on Monday on the sidelines of the Doha Forum international conference in the Qatari capital.

Kharazi, also a senior adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, noted that another unresolved important issue is removing the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) from the U.S. foreign terrorist organization list.

The settlement of these issues depends on the U.S. will, he added.

Turning to the developments of the region, Kharazi stressed that eliminating foreign interference and holding intra-Lebanese dialogues are the solutions to the Arab state's problems.

For his part, the Lebanese prime minister expressed hope that the unilateral sanctions on Iran would be lifted, saying once it takes place, the Islamic republic will be able to play a very significant role in the region's economy.

Iran signed the nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), with the world powers in July 2015. However, former U.S. President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the agreement in May 2018 and reimposed Washington's unilateral sanctions on Tehran, prompting the Islamic republic to reduce some of its nuclear commitments under the agreement in retaliation.

Since April 2021, several rounds of talks have been held in the Austrian capital between Iran and the remaining JCPOA parties, namely China, Russia, Britain, France and Germany, to revive the deal.

Over the past days, reports from Vienna suggested that the negotiators were "close" to an agreement with few key issues remaining which required "political decisions" of the parties.

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