Jan 15, 2022, 8:23 AM
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Iran focusing on verification of future moves in Vienna talks

Tehran, IRNA – It has been heard that Iran’s negotiating team in Vienna, Austria, has been focusing on verification of the United States’ future actions in recent days.

The eighth round of the Joint Commission meetings of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) continues at different forms and levels in Vienna, where representatives from Iran, the European Union and the P4+1 group (Britain, France, Russia, China plus Germany) hold talks on revival of the 2015 nuclear deal and removal of US-imposed sanctions on Iran.   
Iran’s top nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani held a one-hour session with European Union’s representative and coordinator of the Vienna talks, where they discussed issues related to lifting sanctions, verification of future measures and nuclear commitments under the JCPOA.
At the same time, a third expert group working on implementation of agreements convened for the first time during the eighth round of talks in Vienna in order to verify the United States’ future acts concerning the nuclear deal.
A source close to Iranian negotiating team told IRNA on condition of anonymity that the working group meeting was held in a positive and constructive atmosphere.
The verification issue, which was ruled out by the Western sides earlier, is recognized by the West and now is part of discussions in Vienna.
The experience of incomplete implementation of the JCPOA during the tenure of former US president Barak Obama is the root cause of the Iranian team’s insistence on verification of American moves in this respect. The Iranian delegation argue that Tehran should take profit of the nuclear deal practically and that the agreement on lifting sanctions should not be merely emphasized on paper.
A second factor that has been underlined by the Iranian negotiating team is the continuity and sustainability of the agreement. Since the Trump administration unilaterally withdrew from the JCPOA in May 2018 and re-imposed illegal and cruel sanctions on Iran, the Islamic Republic cannot accept any shaky and unsustainable deal.
It is worth mentioning that more than 100 republican congressmen declared their opposition with a nuclear agreement with Iran and urged the Biden administration to halt the Vienna talks. Such statements are good reasons to prove that the Iranians are right to get assurances for future agreements.
However, certain media outlets report on a temporary deal in Vienna talks, which is categorically irrelevant with the realities on the ground.
Another source told IRNA correspondent that the issue of impermanent agreement has never been on the agenda of the Iranian negotiating team, and that the Iranians are seeking to reach a reliable and permanent consensus.

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