Iran says nuclear agreement can be reached if the U.S. lifts sanctions

In an interview with Al Jazeera, Iran’s Foreign Minister Hussein Amir Abdullahian said that Iran hopes to ensure that sanctions will not be re-imposed.

The Iranian Foreign Minister has stated that if all parties in the West have the will and willingness, they can reach an agreement with the world’s major powers on their nuclear agreement.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hussein Amir Abdullahian said in an exclusive interview with Al Jazeera on Thursday that if all sanctions are lifted, an agreement can be reached.

The eighth round of negotiations aimed at restoring Iran’s landmark 2015 nuclear agreement is underway in Vienna, where Iran is still seeking assurances from the United States to lift sanctions.

The agreement is being negotiated between Iran and the world powers that signed the agreement, which is called the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan (JCPOA). The United States, which unilaterally withdrew from the agreement in 2018, is indirectly participating in negotiations.

JCPOA provided sanctions relief to Iran in exchange for restrictions on its nuclear program. But after the United States withdrew, Iran gave up some restrictions and is now using advanced centrifuges to enrich uranium to 60%.

After his departure, the United States re-imposed severe sanctions on Iran.

Tehran now requires the United States to completely lift the sanctions, guarantees that the United States will not withdraw from the agreement again, and requires a period of time to verify whether the sanctions are effectively lifted.

“Removing sanctions means lifting all forms of sanctions stipulated in the nuclear agreement, and Trump’s re-imposed sanctions contradict the terms of the agreement,” Amir Abdullahian told Al Jazeera.

“The guarantees we require include not imposing any new sanctions and not re-imposing sanctions after they are lifted under any pretext,” he added.

The Iranian official said that the most “practical model” is for Iran to export oil and obtain income through the country’s own banking system.

“In Vienna there was an informal and indirect exchange of information with the Americans-we heard good words from that delegation, but it is important for us to see actual and serious actions by the United States,” he Amir-Abdollahian.

Al Jabari, a reporter from Vienna, said Amir Abdullahian seemed “quite optimistic.”

“The technical and logistical issues on their agenda have been resolved,” Jabari said.

“The foreign minister’s position on Iran is very specific-he gave some good examples to illustrate what they are looking for,” she added.