Iranian leaders and negotiators are continuing to push for a stipulation in current talks with the U.S. to remove all sanctions as soon as a final deal is reached, but the deal is still receiving skepticism from Western nations.
Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi, arriving in Vienna on April 22 to continue the negotiations, repeated earlier statements on Iran’s position.
“All the economic sanctions should be lifted on the day that the deal is implemented,” Reuters reported.
The U.S. team, led by Secretary of State John Kerry in the negotiating process, also reiterated similar statements from the past, saying economic sanctions will have to be removed over time to ensure Iran does not reverse course on its nuclear program.
While the U.S. is the primary negotiator with Iran, other countries — China, France, Russia, Germany and Britain — are also invested in the ongoing peace process.
Araqchi did offer an optimistic view when discussing the deadline of the talks.
“We think it is possible to reach a fair and just agreement … by the end of June or even before that,” he said.
Talks will continue in Vienna between Araqchi and EU political director Helga Schmid. U.S. Under Secretary Wendy Sherman will join in on the negotiations on April 24.
Another meeting between Kerry and top Iranian negotiator Mohammad Javad Zarif, will take place on April 27 at the United Nations in New York City.
Concerning the sanctions, President Barack Obama hinted at immediate relief to Iran’s economy if the nation did not backtrack on its end of the deal.
“Our main concern here is making sure that if Iran doesn’t abide by its agreement that we don’t have to jump through a whole bunch of hoops in order to reinstate sanctions,” the president said at a recent news conference. “It will require some creative negotiations … I’m confident it will be successful,” Fox News reported.
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