|Tehran would reject partial lifting of sanctions: official||
Iran will reject a plan to partially suspend sanctions over Tehran’s nuclear activities as a preliminary step before their ultimate removal, as proposed by the six major countries negotiating the sanctions regime, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi told Kyodo News on Monday.
“If they expect irreversible measures from Iran, they should do irreversible measures too, and sanctions should be removed all together,” Araqchi said in an exclusive interview in Vienna.
“They prefer to suspend the sanctions first then lifting but this is the concept we don’t accept,” he added.
Iran agreed in November with the six powers -- Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States -- to curb its uranium enrichment in exchange for a partial easing of economic sanctions.
The parties began a new round of talks in February, aiming for a comprehensive solution, with the deadline set for July 20.
Araqchi suggested extending the talks for one or two weeks is possible.
He said talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday were “useful,” but there had been “no progress in key issues yet.”
“Lifting all sanctions at once is our desire but the fact is we need a timetable including (how) the measures should be done by Iran, and (what) measures should be done by other side, so how to match these measures in a timeline itself is a difficult job,” he added.
(Source: Kyodo News)
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