The US is ready to lift sanctions that are inconsistent with the nuclear deal signed with Iran in 2015, the State Department said on Wednesday, while stressing that it will not offer any incentives to encourage Tehran to return to the negotiating table.
“We are ready to take the necessary steps to return to compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), including the lifting of sanctions that contradict the JCPOA,”State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters.
He added: “I’m not here in a position to give precise details on what that means.”.
Iran and the United States held indirect talks in the Austrian capital Vienna, described as “constructive,” aimed at reviving the 2015 nuclear deal that former US President Donald Trump withdrew from in 2018.
The first meeting concluded by announcing the formation of working groups to discuss sanctions that Washington might lift and nuclear restrictions that Tehran might commit to returning to the Comprehensive Plan of action.
“Our team in Vienna held consultations on Iran with our European allies, as well as with representatives of China and Russia,” a U.S. official told Reuters, noting that diplomats briefed the United States on working group meetings with Iran.
Iran’s nuclear talks will be “difficult” for several reasons, including a “lack of trust” between Tehran and Washington, the State Department said.