Sanctions must be removed day nuclear agreement is made – Iran’s Araqchi

SHAFAQNA – Senior Iranian nuclear negotiator and Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi has stressed that all economical sanctions on Iran must be removed the very day a nuclear agreement with world powers is struck.

Araqchi made the remarks upon arrival in Vienna to start a new round of talks with the group P5+1 (the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany), IRNA news agency reported on April 22.

“US officials have said that sanctions will be removed gradually and after verification. What has been said and we hold as ultimate is that the entire sanctions will be removed the very day the agreement turns operational,” he reiterated.

“We’re not going to respond to every public statement made by Iranian officials or negotiate in public. Sanctions will be suspended in a phased manner upon verification that Iran has met specific commitments under a finalized joint comprehensive plan of action,” US State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke had said a while ago.

Araqchi said that the Iranian team and P5+1 counterparts are gathering around to start drafting the final deal.

According to a framework agreement on April 2, Iran and the world powers are to reach a final deal on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program by July 1.

The Iranian diplomat said that the current negotiations will last 3 days, after which decision will be made on how to continue the talks.

“We take the issue of the sanctions as priority one,” he said. “We must try to make the agreements made on the issue more precise and lessen the number of the [related] questions.”

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