Iran confident that US sanctions will be lifted: Govt spokesperson

WION Web Team
New Delhi Published: Feb 20, 2021, 04.59 PM(IST)

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USA and Iran have been sparring with each other over who should take first step to revive nuclear deal that was struck in the year 2015

A spokesperson for Iran government said on Saturday that the country believed US sanctions would soon be lifted in spite of “diplomatic wrangling” over nuclear deal. This signalled Tehran's desire to end the impasse while not offering a new position. 

USA and Iran have been sparring with each other over who should take first step to revive nuclear deal that was struck in the year 2015. Obama administration struck the deal with Iran but Donald Trump withdrew US from the accord.

Now Iran insists that the United States must first lift former President Donald Trump’s sanctions while Washington says Tehran must first return to compliance with the deal.

The White House said on Friday that the United States plans to take no additional actions in response to pressure from Iran before potential talks with Tehran and major powers about returning to the deal.

However, government spokesman Ali Rabiei was quoted as saying by the official IRNA news agency on Saturday:  
“We predict with confidence that diplomatic initiatives will result in a favourable outcome despite the diplomatic wrangling, which are a natural prelude to the return of the parties to their commitments, including the lifting of all sanctions in the near future.”

Under the deal with major powers, Iran accepted curbs to its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of international sanctions. Washington reimposed sanctions after Trump quit the deal in 2018, and Iran responded by violating some of the deal’s nuclear limits.

Adding to pressure for a resolution to the impasse, a law passed by the hardline parliament obliges Tehran on Feb. 23 to limit the sweeping access given to U.N. inspectors under the deal.

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, is due in Tehran this weekend to discuss ways to work with Iran in light of the possibility of scaling back cooperation.

Rabiei said the law “does not go against our commitment” to the agreement, nor is it “an obstacle to our appropriate response to American actions”.
 

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