Iran’s top nuclear negotiator calls for guarantees for lifting sanction

Iran’s top nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani has urged other sides in Vienna talks to guarantee lifting of sanctions and pave the way for verification of the embargo removal. He referred to progress made in the previous round of talks in Vienna, Austria, to lift anti-Iran sanctions and revive the 2015 nuclear deal, adding that the Iranian negotiating team is completely serious and ready to continue the Vienna talks.

The eighth round of talks for lifting anti-Iran sanctions kicked off last evening when Iranian top nuclear negotiator and the European Union’s representative in Vienna talks Enrique Mora co-chaired the Joint Commission meeting of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) involve the United States, UK, France, Germany, Russia and China.

Western diplomats said, they will not allow the talks to drag on much longer, possibly with early February as the final deadline. Western diplomats accept Iran is closer to breakout time than ever before, but this is not the same as being close to possessing a nuclear weapon.

The landmark 2015 deal, from which Donald Trump withdrew the US in 2018, had lifted sanctions on Iran in return for controls on its civilian nuclear programme.

The seventh round of talks, the first under Iran’s new President Ebrahim Raisi, ended 10 days ago after adding some new Iranian demands to a working text.

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