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Maximum pressure policy by US must end for deal in Vienna, Iran says

Urging the Biden administration to abandon the previous government’s “maximum pressure” policy toward Tehran, Iran stated it is seriously pushing for an end to sanctions in the Vienna talks.

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Urging the Biden administration to abandon the previous government’s “maximum pressure” policy toward Tehran, Iran on Monday said it is seriously pushing for an end to sanctions in the Vienna talks.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh said Biden’s team must do away with all elements and components of the Trump administration’s policy to reach a deal in Vienna, during a weekly press conference in Tehran on Monday.

Last month, the eighth round of talks between Iran and world powers in Vienna to salvage the 2015 nuclear deal was indefinitely suspended over key sticking points between Tehran and Washington.

Adding that Tehran has already clarified the “remaining issues” to Washington, Khatibzadeh accused Washington of “persistent delays” in responding to Iran’s demands in the marathon talks.

The spokesperson said, “Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed (…) Once the remaining issues are over, we can talk about an agreement in Vienna.”

In addition, although the messages received from the US have failed to meet expectations, Khatibzadeh said Tehran and Washington have exchanged messages through Enrique Mora, the European Union’s coordinator for the Vienna talks.

He said that all parties are trying to pave the way for the US’ “honest” return to the landmark deal abandoned by then-President Donald Trump in May 2018, while also praising Mora for his “excellent” role in the Vienna talks.

The removal of sanctions has also been reiterated as a key issue by the Foreign Ministry.

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