The Islamic Republic of Iran has returned to the Vienna talks with a strong will and serious preparations to lift the oppressive sanctions, the Deputy foreign minister said.

Iran PressIran News: "The composition of the delegation of the Islamic Republic of Iran shows Tehran's determination and seriousness to take steps to lift the illegal and oppressive US sanctions against the Iranian nation," Ali Bagheri Kani, the official leading the country’s negotiating team in Vienna, told IRIB.

He also said that the Iranian delegation held bilateral and multilateral meetings with the representative of the European Union and other P4 + 1 member states, and the Russian and Chinese delegations ahead of the Vienna talks to remove the US sanctions against Tehran.

"The West needs to pay a price for having failed to uphold its part of the bargain," he wrote in an op-ed in the Financial Times published on Sunday.

"We are ready for a fair and careful discussion, based on the principles of ‘guarantee’ and ‘verification.’ This must prioritize compensation for the violation of the deal, which includes the removal of all post-JCPOA sanctions," Bagheri Kani added, referring to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the official name of the nuclear deal.

"We have two goals: the first is to gain a full, guaranteed and verifiable removal of the sanctions," the second to facilitate benefit from "peaceful nuclear knowledge," he wrote.