VIENNA (Dispatches) -- Iran’s permanent ambassador to Vienna-based international organizations on Sunday said the United States must present a list of steps it would take to remove sanctions on Iran in order to prove its seriousness in the ongoing talks on the 2015 nuclear deal in Austria’s capital.
"What is being pursued and discussed in Vienna is presentation of a clear and transparent image concerning the removal of the sanctions,” Kazem Gharibabadi told reporters, IRNA reported.
"Identifying and listing the steps for the removal of sanctions
are necessary in order to examine how serious Washington is in its claim about being willing to return to and fully honor the JCPOA, and to check whether it fits Iran’s declared policy,” he said, using the official acronym of the nuclear agreement.
Gharibabadi, a top negotiator who is currently engaged in the multilateral talks in Vienna, said Iranian negotiators act in accordance with the Islamic Republic’s principles as set out by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei.
The Iranian negotiators regularly report the results of the talks to senior officials for consideration and decision-making, the top diplomat added.
Within the format of the JCPOA Joint Commission meetings in Vienna, two expert-level working groups have been set up to remove the U.S. sanctions against Iran and coordinate Tehran’s return to full compliance with its nuclear obligations under the deal.
Mikhail Ulyanov, the Russian ambassador to international organizations in Vienna, said on Sunday that the working groups continued to work "on sanctions lifting and nuclear issues in the afternoon yesterday and today.”
"Their tasks are not easy but the process is going on,” Ulyanov said via Twitter.