1K US sanctions on Iran agreed to be lifted, 500 others remain

TEHRAN (XINHUA) – The past five rounds of the Vienna talks to revive the 2015 nuclear deal led to an agreement over the removal of some 1,000 United States (US) sanctions on Iran, but about 500 others are still in dispute, Parliamentary sources were quoted as saying by semi-official Tasnim News Agency on Wednesday.

The figure was offered by Head of the Iranian negotiating team Abbas Araqchi, in a meeting in the afternoon with the Iranian Parliament’s Foreign Policy Committee, said member of the committee Ebrahim Azizi.

The next round of talks between delegations from Iran and the P4+1, namely Britain, China, France, Russia plus Germany, is scheduled to begin later this week.

According to Araqchi, the lawmaker noted, the delegations have not yet defined a verification process by Iran of the lifting of the sanctions.

On Tuesday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that “hundreds of sanctions” against Iran will remain in place even if Washington re-enters the 2015 nuclear agreement and Tehran returns to full compliance with the deal, formally known as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Last week on June 3, Araqchi, who is also the country’s deputy foreign minister, expressed hope that the next round of talks in Vienna may be conclusive and lead to a final agreement.

United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken. PHOTO: AP