The White House said Friday that sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran could only be lifted if it comes back into compliance with the 2015 nuclear accord.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said that there had been some progress made in talks between Iran and Great Powers, and it is a good sign that discussions are continuing.
On Friday, top Iranian negotiator Abbas Araqchi told state TV that the United States of America had expressed its willingness to lift many of its sanctions at the Vienna talks, but Tehran is demanding more.
Araqchi told the state media that the information transferred to them from the American side is that they are also severe on returning to the nuclear agreement, and they have so far declared their willingness to lift a significant part of their sanctions on the country.
Araqchi said as indirect talks were scheduled to resume Friday in the Austrian capital, but this isn’t adequate from their point of view. Therefore, the discussions will continue until they get to all their demands.
In Washington, American President Biden said he believed Tehran was seriously engaging in the talks, but it was uncertain what Iran was actually prepared to do for both sides to resume compliance with the 2015 nuclear agreement.
When asked at the White House if he thought Iran was serious about talks, Joe Biden replied Yes, but how serious, and what they are prepared to do is a different story. But they’re still talking.
United States officials have returned to Vienna for the fourth round of indirect talks with Tehran on how to continue compliance with the deal, which Trump abandoned in 2018, prompting Tehran to violate its terms about a year later.
The crux of the 2015 agreement was that Tehran committed to reining in its atomic program to make it harder to acquire the fissile material for a nuclear warhead in return for relief from America, European Union, and United Nations sanctions.
The Islamic Republic denies having atomic weapons ambitions.