Wed, 23 Jun 2021

TEHRAN, May 17 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday denied that there has been "a preliminary agreement" in ongoing Vienna talks over the revival of the Iranian 2015 nuclear deal, which is commonly known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

"There is no such a thing as a preliminary agreement, and no agreement will reach unless all conditions are met," Saeed Khatibzadeh, the spokesman of the ministry, made the remarks in his weekly press conference.

Talks are still continuing and a significant part of the work has been completed in the working groups in Vienna, Khatibzadeh said, adding that resolving the remaining issues require "political decision."

The U.S. administration under former President Donald Trump withdrew from the JCPOA in May 2018 and unilaterally re-imposed sanctions on Iran.

In response to the U.S. moves, Iran gradually stopped implementing parts of its JCPOA commitments from May 2019. However, the incumbent U.S. President Joe Biden has vowed to return to the deal and ease sanctions against Iran.

Iranian senior nuclear negotiator Abbas Araqchi said earlier that the United States was ready to remove a large part of sanctions against Iran, but "it was not enough."

The JCPOA Joint Commission began to meet in offline format on April 6 in Vienna to continue previous discussions in view of a possible return of the United States to the JCPOA and on how to ensure the full and effective implementation of the JCPOA.

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