(RepublicanWire.org) – To move forward with the 2015 nuclear deal, Iranian officials have expressed their desire for the U.S. to lift sanctions in the “final round” of talks.
As reported by Iranian media, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian revealed what was most important for the Iranian government to achieve during the negotiations. His list consisted of two demands, including ensuring “Iranian oil can be sold easily and without any restrictions and oil money can be deposited in foreign currency in Iranian bank accounts.” Amir-Abdollahian also emphasized that part of the negotiation would be that the middle-eastern country “take full advantage of the economic benefits envisaged in the JCPOA.”
Amir-Abdollahian seemed optimistic about making progress during negotiations, saying that the upcoming meeting would center around “a common and acceptable document.” The Iranian Foreign Minister makes these remarks as European, and U.S. officials have stressed the necessity of expediting a return to the 2015 deal following Iran’s persistence in developing nuclear power.
The 2015 deal stalled partly because former President Donald Trump exited talks in 2018 and because the U.S. and Iran have been unable to agree to direct dialogue. Instead, the countries have been using assistance from other signatories of the initial JCPOA to conduct indirect talks.
Biden’s administration has expressed an unwillingness to make one-sided compromises. Instead, the focus of talks would be a mutual return to the initial Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action where the U.S. would uphold the pact if Iran did the same.
U.S. officials have also expressed their dissatisfaction with Iran’s defiance to abandon nuclear programs, something concerning for the U.S. and its regional allies –– like Israel and the Gulf Arab states –– who could be affected by Iranian aggression.
Referring to recent nuclear talks with the U.S., Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid mentioned that the worst scenario would be a bad deal. He highlighted that no deal with tighter sanctions on Iran would be preferred to a bad deal.
In the meantime, Iranian officials were meeting with Chinese and Russian officials “to compare notes” before Vienna talks commenced, according to Russian Ambassador Mikhail Ulyanov, who also mentioned these talks were “presumably final round of negotiations.”
On Twitter, the Ambassador also mentioned that China, Russia, and Iran had “agreed to intensify the drafting process in order to achieve an agreement ASAP.”