Iran demands removal of US sanctions during nuclear talks

Iran demands removal of US sanctions during nuclear talks

In this May 24, 2021 file photo, the flag of Iran waves in front of the International Center building with the headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria. The Iranian parliament committee said on Sunday that the talks on reviving a 2015 nuclear deal must result in the removal of US sanctions in order to safeguard Iran's economic interests, according to the Iranian Students' News Agency ISNA.

Abolfazl Amoui, spokesman for the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, made remarks after a committee meeting held to review the latest round of the nuclear talks in Vienna.

The sanctions must be removed in a way that will benefit the Iranian people and enable the country's traders and businessmen to conduct transactions with other countries, he said. The Iranian government is duty-bound to present a report on sanctions removal to the legislative body for review.

The parliament will review the draft text being discussed in the Vienna talks, Amoui said.

The final text of the proposed decision on reviving the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action JCPOA, is awaiting political decisions from the other participants in the Vienna talks.

Iran signed the JCPOA with world powers in July 2015 and agreed to curb its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of sanctions on the country.

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The former US President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the agreement and imposed unilateral sanctions on Tehran, prompting the latter to drop some of its commitments under the pact.