Iran insists on crude exports as Vienna nuclear talks resume


Talks struggled to progress and were adjourned earlier this month after a cycle marked by tensions over Tehran’s new demands.

Iran insisted on Monday that the United States and its allies would promise to allow Tehran to export its crude as negotiations to restore the tattered nuclear deal were due to resume in Vienna.

Remarks by Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian indicate that Iran maintains its position ahead of negotiations to revive the landmark 2015 nuclear deal. Talks struggled to progress and were adjourned earlier this month- hereafter a cycle marked by tensions linked to the new demands of Tehran.

Speaking to reporters in Tehran, Amirabdollahian said Iran wanted the next round of talks to focus on its sanctions-stricken oil industry. The goal is to get to “the point where Iranian oil is sold easily and without any barriers and its money gets into Iran’s bank accounts,” he said.

Tehran’s historic deal with world powers gave the nation sanctions relief in exchange for restrictions on its nuclear program. But in 2018 then-President Donald Trump withdrew America from the deal and imposed sweeping sanctions on Iran, including against its oil sector – the lifeline of its economy. Iranian crude exports have plummeted and international oil companies have broken deals with Tehran, weakening its economy.

As the parties to the atomic deal prepared to meet, Amirabdollahian said Iran wanted “to be able to take advantage of any economic concessions under the nuclear deal.”

“Guarantee and verification (of the removal of sanctions) are among the subjects we have focused on,” he said.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi’s new conservative administration has repeatedly called for the removal of all economic sanctions before Iran curbs its nuclear advances.

Separately, on Monday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said it would be “intolerable” for the West to demand anything from Tehran beyond respecting the agreement. initial.

Iran has steadily abandoned all limits of the deal since the US withdrawal and is now enriching uranium at 60% purity – a short technical step by military grade levels. He spins ever more advanced centrifuges, which are also prohibited by the agreement.

Iran insists its nuclear program is peaceful. But the country’s significant nuclear advances have alarmed regional rivals and world powers. Diplomats have warned that time is running out to restore the deal, as Iran maintains a hard line in forcing the United States to lift sanctions.

The talks involve all parties to the original nuclear deal: Iran, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China. Iran refuses to speak directly to the American envoy, who engages through the other signatories.

Khatibzadeh told reporters on Monday that Enrique Mora, the European Union’s diplomat in charge of the talks, would carry messages and drafts between Iran and the United States.

“We present our views in writing and the dialogue continues in Vienna in an indirect way,” he said.

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