Iran says ‘train not derailed’ in nuclear talks

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TEHRAN — Iran said Monday the “train has still not derailed” in negotiations aiming to restore the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, despite new US sanctions on the Islamic republic.اضافة اعلان

The US on Thursday imposed sanctions on a network of Iranian petrochemical firms, as well as alleged front companies in China and the UAE accused of helping Tehran to circumvent sanctions.

“We are still moving on the diplomatic path — this train has still not derailed, despite the US reneging on its commitments and in spite of all of its actions,” foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh told reporters.

The Vienna talks, which began in April last year, aim to return the US to the nuclear deal, lift sanctions on Iran, and ensure Tehran’s full compliance with its commitments.

But the ever-delicate dialogue has been stalled since March.

“We can certainly and quickly... finalize the agreement,” Khatibzadeh said, if the US agrees to “put aside all the sanctions”.

He also called on Washington to put an end to the so-called campaign of “maximum pressure” introduced by former US-president Donald Trump’s administration after they pulled out of the 2015 agreement, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, in 2018.

The US has previously argued that Tehran’s demand that Washington remove the powerful Revolutionary Guards from a terrorism blacklist is peripheral to discussions, although it can discuss the issue later.

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