Iran says wants lifting of all sanctions in verifiable

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Iran says wants lifting of all sanctions in verifiable

The Iranian flag is displayed in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria on May 23, 2021. REUTERS Leonhard Foeger File Photo

Nov 26 Reuters - Iran wants the lifting of all sanctions in a verifiable process, a foreign minister said on Friday, three days before the resume of nuclear talks in Vienna.

The talks between the United States and Iran, with the participation of major powers, aim at bringing the two countries into full compliance with a 2015 deal. In 2018 Washington imposed crippling sanctions on Iran, a move that was seen as a result of the accord.

A good and even immediate agreement can be reached if the opposing sides return to their full obligations and the lifting of sanctions, Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said in a phone conversation with the European Union foreign policy chief, Joseph Borrell.

Iran wants a good and verifiable agreement, Iranian media quoted Amirabdollahian as saying.

After a trip to Tehran last week, International Atomic Energy Agency chief Rafael Grossi said on Wednesday that he had not progress on several issues, the most pressing of which was getting access to the workshop at the TESA Karaj complex two months after Iran promised to grant it.

One of four IAEA cameras was destroyed in June, when the workshop makes components for centrifuges, machines that enrich uranium. Iran removed the cameras and the destroyed camera's footage is missing.

Grossi said that they were close to the point where they wouldn't be able to guarantee continuity of knowledge.

Amirabdollahian told Borrell that Iran would attend the Vienna talks in good faith despite the U.S. violation of the 2015 agreement.