Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.

Iran Says Verification Of Sanctions Relief A Top Issue In Nuclear Talks

10/9/2021

A main concern of Iran in talks to rescue the 2015 nuclear deal would be around ways to verify the lifting of US sanctions, Iran's Foreign Minister has said.

The talks, which aim to bring Washington and Tehran back into compliance with the 2015 nuclear pact aimed at curbing the Iranian enrichment program, were adjourned in June after hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi was elected Iran's president.

Speaking during a visit to Syria on Saturday, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian reiterated that Iran would "soon" return to the nuclear talks with world powers, which include indirect negotiations with the United States, Iranian state media reported.

"Of course, we will soon return to the Vienna talks and we are keeping our eyes on the issue of verification and receiving the necessary guarantees for the implementation of commitments by the Western parties," state media quoted Amir-Abdollahian as saying.

He did not give details of the verification and monitoring mechanism Tehran was seeking.

Former president Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the nuclear pact in 2018 and reimposed sanctions that crippled Iran's economy, prompting Tehran to breach some of the accord’s nuclear restrictions.

Report by Reuters

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