Washington is ready to lift some of the Trump-imposed sanctions on Iran, but not all of them, the U.S. Department of State revealed on Friday.
A senior State Department official clarified the United States’ position on the sanctions, noting that “there’s a position that we’ve said, which is sanctions that are inconsistent with the JCPOA and with the benefits that are supposed to come out of the JCPOA, those will be lifted.”
The US diplomat also stated that under the JCPOA the United States could impose sanctions over alleged terrorist activities, human rights violations, election meddling, and some other issues.
Moreover, he affirmed that the process of removing unilateral US restrictions was seriously complicated by the Trump administration’s steps.
“It’s not as easy a process as it may sound precisely because the [Donald] Trump administration went out of its way to make it difficult for a successor administration to rejoin the JCPOA,” he stressed.
The official‘s statements followed a tweet from Iran‘s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, who said “All Trump sanctions were anti-JCPOA & must be removed.”
Iran proposes logical path to full JCPOA compliance:
-US—which caused this crisis—should return to full compliance first;
-Iran will reciprocate following rapid verification;
-All Trump sanctions were anti-JCPOA & must be removed—w/o distinction between arbitrary designations.
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) April 9, 2021
Seemingly, both sides are trying to pressure the other into concessions even as both say they want to revive the 2015 nuclear deal.
Officials from Tehran and Washington visited Vienna last week to hold indirect “proximity talks” about the nuclear deal between Iran and global powers.