Iran | Talks “this week” between Tehran and Washington on “lifting sanctions”

(Tehran) The Iranian Foreign Ministry announced on Monday that Iran and the United States will start indirect discussions “this week” on the “lifting of sanctions” imposed by Washington.

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A Gulf country will host the talks and the meeting [entre l’Iran et les États-Unis] “It will be held in the coming days during the week,” ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said during his weekly press conference.

“What we will do in the next few days is not related to the nuclear dimension, but the existing differences on the issue of lifting sanctions,” Mr. Khatibzadeh said.

The Iranian “Tasnim” news agency quoted a source in the Foreign Ministry, the planned visit to Qatar on Tuesday by the chief nuclear negotiator of the Islamic Republic, Ali Bagheri, for “negotiations to lift sanctions.”

I hope to see positive results in these talks. The ball is in Washington’s court. If Washington comes up with answers [aux demandes iraniennes]We can finish the job quickly.”

This statement comes after the European Union and Iran announced on Saturday the resumption of “in the coming days” talks on Iran’s nuclear program that had been stalled for more than three months, on the occasion of a surprise visit to Tehran before. Head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell.

Photo by Ata Kinari, Agence France-Presse

European Union Foreign Minister Josep Borrell

To push the process forward, Borrell said “indirect” contacts between the United States and Iran would take place quickly “in a Gulf country.”

Talks that began in Vienna in April 2021 between Iran and major powers (Russia, the United States, China, France, the United Kingdom and Germany) have been bogged down since March, with Americans and Iranians accusing each other of obstructing them.

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The goal of these talks is to reintegrate the United States into the 2015 agreement providing for restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program, which former US President Donald Trump denounced in 2018, and to bring Iran back to honor its commitments.

Washington then reimposed sanctions stifling Iran’s economy, prompting Iran to gradually withdraw from the agreement. The Islamic Republic is accused of seeking to acquire atomic weapons, which it denies.

“Mr. Borrell said the United States is committed to respecting all of the nuclear deal and ensuring that Iran can reap the economic benefits from it in an eventual way,” said Mr. Khatibzadeh.

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