Russian Diplomat: US Unwilling to Remove Trump-Era Sanctions on Iran

Russian Diplomat: US Unwilling to Remove Trump-Era Sanctions on Iran
Russian Diplomat: US Unwilling to Remove Trump-Era Sanctions on Iran

A senior Russian diplomat said the administration of US President Joe Biden is not willing to remove sanctions imposed by his predecessor, Donald Trump, on Iran.
Russia’s Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov made the statement in an interview with the Russian radio of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting.
“What is clear is that the Iranian side wants the lifting of all sanctions at once, but the Americans are only ready to lift the sanctions related to the JCPOA,” he said, referring to the 2015 nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
Trump abandoned the JCPOA three years after its conclusion and unleashed what his team called a “maximum pressure” campaign with the stated objective of forcing Iran to negotiate “a better agreement”.
The Islamic Republic refused to bow down to the pressure and adopted instead a “maximum resistance” policy, which includes economic measures to weather the bans as well as reducing Tehran’s compliance with JCPOA.
Biden has claimed that his administration is willing to rejoin JCPOA, but conditioned the move to Tehran’s full compliance. 
Tehran says Washington abandoned JCPOA and therefore, it has to take the first step to unconditionally remove all its sanctions on Iran in a verifiable manner, given its long record of not playing by the rules. 
On Friday, envoys from Iran and the P4+1 group of countries—Britain, France, Russia and China, plus Germany—wrapped up the first round of the talks in Vienna aimed at revitalizing the troubled nuclear deal.
A US delegation had also traveled to Vienna, but it did not attend the meetings due to the Iranian team’s opposition. European parties to the deal acted as an intermediary between the two sides. 
During the negotiations, two expert-level working groups discussed the sanctions Washington should remove as well as the nuclear curbs Tehran should observe, and reported their conclusions to the JCPOA Joint Commission.
The participants agreed to hold the next round of talks on Wednesday.
Ulyanov said a representative from the European External Action Service played the role of a mediator in the Vienna meeting, given Iran’s refusal to hold any contact with the United States.
“With regard to the US withdrawal from JCPOA, Iran is not willing to hold direct talks with the US envoy until Washington removes JCPOA-related and non-related sanctions,” he said.
Asked whether the United States is prepared to terminate all its anti-Iran sanctions at once, the Russian envoy replied, “It is not clear at the moment and the near future will show if the Americans decide to lift the sanctions at once or step by step.”
Ulyanov said all the European parties want the revival of JCPOA, while Iran wants the removal of all sanctions to gain economic benefits from the deal.
“At this stage, the priority is to develop a roadmap to coordinate all the steps needed to revive the JCPOA, including the lifting of sanctions and Iran’s return to compliance with the terms of the deal. It is not an easy task,” he said. 

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