Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh ruled out any step-by-step lifting of sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic under former US president Donald Trump.
In remarks to Press TV, the Iranian official stated: “As has been clearly stated many times, no step-by-step plan is being considered.”
“The definitive policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran is the lifting of all US sanctions, whether those which Trump imposed after withdrawing from the JCPOA or those which he initiated, as well as sanctions imposed under any other heading,” he added.
His remarks came in response to claims made by US State Department deputy spokeswoman Jalina Porter about a planned meeting by representatives of Iran and other countries in Vienna Tuesday to discuss the troubled 2015 nuclear deal.
Porter said Friday that the discussion would focus on “the nuclear steps that Iran would need to take in order to return to compliance with the terms of the JCPOA”, using initials for what is formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
In the talks, American officials would be down the hall while British, German, French, Chinese and Russian officials meet with Iran.
And that would be joined with discussion of “the sanctions relief steps that the United States would need to take in order to return to compliance, as well,” Porter said, an acknowledgment that the United States is currently in violation of the accord.
In a tweet, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif immediately stressed that the aim of the Vienna session would be to “rapidly finalize sanction-lifting & nuclear measures for choreographed removal of all sanctions, followed by Iran ceasing remedial measures”.
“No Iran-US meeting. Unnecessary,” he added Friday.