How Iran is reinforcing its position as Vienna talks resume
Iran–With the Vienna nuclear talks resuming soon, Iran is not leaving any stone unturned to bolster its position at the negotiations table. On Monday, Tehran has insisted United States and the allies to give assurance in steel that they would allow Iran to export its crude as a part of Iran deal negotiations that are resuming in Vienna to bring back the frayed deal that was created in 2015 under leadership of former President of US Barack Obama.
The statement on Monday by Foreign Minister of Iran Hossein Amirabdollahian is yet another step by the country to push its position ahead in the negotiations. The nuclear deal negotiating talks going on in Vienna were postponed earlier this month after new demands by Tehran led to stressed negotiations. Amirabdollahian said while speaking to the media in Tehran that the country aims nuclear talks in Vienna to focus on goal of achieving “point where Iranian oil is being sold easily and without any barriers and its money arrives in Iran’s bank accounts.”
The 2015 Iran nuclear deal, JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) was created by the then president of United States Barack Obama. The idea was to curb Tehran’s aggressive nuclear programme that had sent panic waves across region as well as internationally. This was done in exchange of lifting sanctions imposed on Iran by US. But in 2018, President Donald Trump of US at that time exited the deal citing that Tehran was secretly violating terms of the deal by surpassing permitted uranium enrichment levels. Trump administration then re-imposed sanctions on Iran, and then some more stricter ones. Infuriated Tehran then bolstered the uranium enrichment program even more.
According to IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency), Iran has already reached enriched uranium levels of over 60 per cent. This is close to the 90 per cent mark that is required to make nuclear bomb. US under Trump administration imposed sweeping sanctions on Iran that crippled its economy – sanctions hit the oil sector primarily that forms backbone of Iran’s economy. As a result, crude exports of Iran plummeted exponentially. International oil companies cancelling deals with Iran took a huge toll on the country’s economy.
Amirabdollahian has noted that Iran wants to be able to enjoy “full economic sanctions under the nuclear deal”. “Guarantee and verification (of the removal of sanctions) are among topics that we have focused on,” he said adding that crude exports would be a key negotiating agenda as Vienna talks resume. The talks include countries originally a part of the deal – US, Iran, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China.