Tehran (IP) – The Spokesman of Iran's Ministry of Foreign says the US sanctions on the country must be lifted at once, not step-for-step.

Iran PressIran news: Speaking about some media speculation about a proposal by the West to lift sanctions step for step in the Vienna talks ahead, Saeed Khatibzadeh stressed that all US sanctions must be lifted at once, effectively and verifiably accompanied by objective safeguards.

"In the Vienna talks, Iran fully concentrates on seriously entering the negotiations and with the strong will to lift the oppressive sanctions against the Iranian people," Khatibzadeh pointed out.

In recent days, The New York Times has reported news that the US may offer to release some of Iran's blocked resources and practice some exemptions in exchange for suspending some of Iran's nuclear activities.

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Meanwhile, Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Ali Bagheri-Kani stressed that any progress on Vienna talks must be preceded by the scrapping of all American sanctions.

Iran's top negotiator also reminded that guarantee must be given that a future administration in Washington would not once again renege on the agreement as Trump had done.

After Donald Trump took office as the US President in January 2017 and took a few preliminary steps to fulfill the JCPOA, he unilaterally withdrew from the international agreement on May 8, 2018, and introduced the harshest sanctions in history against Iran in line with his "Maximum pressure" campaign against the Islamic Republic.

November 29, Vienna will host talks between Iran and the P4 + 1 group on lifting US sanctions.


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