USA welcomes Iran meeting, says ready for ‘mutual steps’

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However, after more than two months in office, POTUS still has not succeeded in organising talks with Tehran to discuss the issue, instead issuing demands for Iran.

The Iranian government spokesman, Ali Rabiei, said the agreement facilitates the path to fully revive the 2015 nuclear agreement, noting that his country will not allow USA sanctions to impede the development process in Iran or its ability to forge constructive relations with the world. "The Iranian delegation will not have any talks with the U.S. delegation at any level", Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said.

Friday's virtual meeting of officials from Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and Iran comes as the U.S.is exploring ways to rejoin the deal that former President Donald Trump withdrew from in 2018. Zarif stressed that a meeting between Iran and the United States was "unnecessary" at this point.

Participants will meet in the Austrian capital "to clearly identify sanctions lifting and nuclear implementation measures, including through convening meetings of the relevant expert groups", a statement said. The source added at the same time, that United States experts are "quite likely" to still come to Vienna and "stay somewhere nearby". As part of the deal, Tehran agreed to roll back parts of its nuclear weapons program in exchange for decreased economic sanctions.

The minister elaborated that the talks will focus on lifting sanctions against Iran in the shortest time possible in exchange for Iran "ceasing [the] remedial measures" it has introduced over the last two years in light of the USA withdrawal from the JCPOA.


Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the meeting would take place Tuesday and insisted the aim was to "rapidly finalize sanction-lifting & nuclear measures for choreographed removal of all sanctions, followed by Iran ceasing remedial measures".

Russia's ambassador to the nuclear deal, Mikhail Ulyanov, said that things were "on the right track".

"Discussions were quite businesslike and will continue".

In response, Iran began exceeding uranium enrichment limits set in the accord.

In 2018, then President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the USA from the deal, which is aimed at reining in Iran's nuclear program. Price added that the USA believed the four-month extension was long enough for Iraq "to take meaningful action to promote energy self-sufficiency and to reduce its dependence on expensive Iranian energy".

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