O Will want the USA remove all sanctions imposed on the country and reject any gradual easing of restrictions, the Iranian foreign ministry said on Saturday, ahead of meetings scheduled in Vienna next week on the resumption of the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and global powers.
Comments were made at the time the France tries to convince Iran to show a constructive stance in indirect talks with the US in the Austrian capital, which will be part of broader negotiations.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said the country opposed any kind of gradual easing of sanctions.
“No step-by-step plans are being considered,” Khatibzadeh told state television station Press TV. “The Islamic Republic of Iran’s ultimate policy is to remove all US sanctions.”
The ex-president Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the nuclear deal in 2018 and restored sanctions on Iran, prompting Tehran to violate some of the nuclear deal’s restrictions.
Trump’s successor Joe Biden wants to resume the deal, but Washington and Tehran disagreed over who should take the first step.
The US State Department said the focus of the discussions in Vienna will be “the nuclear steps that Iran will need to take to re-enforce” the nuclear deal.
Iran, China, Russia, France, Germany and the United Kingdom – all parts of the 2015 agreement – held virtual meetings on Friday to discuss the possible return of the United States to the agreement.
After a call with his Iranian correspondent, Mohammad Javad Zarif, on Saturday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a statement that he had asked Iran to avoid further violations of its nuclear commitments.
“I encouraged Iran to be constructive in the discussions that will be held,” said Le Drian.
“They should help to identify in the coming weeks the steps that will be needed to fully comply with the nuclear agreement.”
In a tweet about the phone call, Zarif said: “I said that France should honor its commitment under the agreement and stop complying with illegal sanctions imposed by the United States.”
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