Iran on Monday demanded that the United States and its allies pledge to allow Tehran to export its raw materials, as negotiations on the restoration of the nuclear deal in Vienna would resume.
The remarks of Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian signal that Iran is pressing its position ahead of the talks on repeating the landmark 2015 nuclear deal. The talks were postponed earlier this month to a round marked by tensions over Tehran’s new demands.
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Speaking to reporters in Tehran, Amirabdollahian said Iran wants the next round of talks to focus on reaching the “point where Iranian oil is sold easily and without barriers and its money enters Iran’s bank accounts.”
Tehran’s landmark with world powers provided the nation with sanctions relief in exchange for storms on its nuclear program. But in 2018, then-President Donald Trump withdrew America from the agreement and imposed drastic sanctions against Iran, including against its oil sector – the lifeline of its economy. Iran’s oil exports slumped and international oil companies struck agreements with Tehran, weakening their economies.
When the parties to the 2015 nuclear deal were ready to meet in Vienna, Amirabdollahian said Iran “could enjoy full economic concessions under the nuclear deal.”
“Warranty and verification (of the removal of sanctions) are among topics we have focused on,” he said.
The new, conservative administration of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has repeatedly called for the removal of all economic sanctions before Iran restricts its nuclear progress.
Iran has gradually abandoned all the borders of the agreement since the US withdrawal and now enriches uranium to 60 percent purity – a short, technical step of arms class levels. It turns out more and more advanced centrifuges are also blocked by the deal.
Iran insists its nuclear program is peaceful. But the country’s major nuclear strikes have alarmed regional rivals and world powers. Diplomats have warned that time is running out to restore the deal, as Iran maintains a hard line to impose taxes on the US to lift sanctions.
The talks involve all parties to the original nuclear deal – Iran, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China. Iran refuses to speak directly with US envoy, who deals with the other signatories.
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