The spokesman for the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs says the Islamic Republic of Iran is waiting for the United States to totally, not partially, fulfil its obligations regarding the lifting of sanctions under the JCPOA.

Iran PressIran news: Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Saturday: "The news we hear today is about some dimensions of lifting the nuclear sanctions, and everyone knows that this is not enough."

A US senior official said the US State Department is waiving sanctions on Iran's civilian nuclear program in a technical step necessary to return to the 2015 nuclear agreement.

The resumption of the waiver, ended by the Donald Trump administration in 2020, "would be essential to ensuring Iran's swift compliance" if a new deal on controlling Tehran's nuclear program can be reached in talks in Vienna, the State Department official said.

The waiver allows other countries and companies to participate in Iran's civilian nuclear program without triggering US sanctions on them, in the name of promoting safety and on-proliferation.

The civilian program includes Iran's increasing stockpiles of enriched uranium.

"Absent this sanctions waiver, detailed technical discussions with third parties regarding disposition of stockpiles and other activities of nonproliferation value cannot take place," the official said, insisting on anonymity.

The step came as talks to restore the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, which former President Trump unilaterally withdrew from in 2018, were at an advanced stage.

Khatibzadeh said what the United States must do should encompass the lifting of all sanctions, as well as the nuclear issue. 

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman said: "Naturally, any action that is in the right direction of fulfilling JCPOA's obligations will be carefully considered by Tehran."


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