Iran not to halt nuclear activities until bans fully lifted
Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for political affairs Abbas Araghchi said Tehran will not stop any of its nuclear-related activities until Washington lifts the whole sanctions and returns to the 2015 nuclear deal.
Emphasizing on Iran’s principle stance on lifting of sanctions, Araghchi said that Tehran will not halt or even reduce the pace of its nuclear activities in particular in uranium enrichment sector.
The 20% enrichment of uranium is going forward even with the faster pace than the speed that the Iranian parliament envisaged in its law, he said, adding that 20% enriched uranium are being produced now.
The trend will go on until an accord will be reached, which will oblige the U.S. to lift all of its sanctions, he stated, stressing that the whole sanctions should be lifted in one stage.
He further pointed to the negotiations with Europeans, Russia and China, noting that the claim that Iran is discussing with Europeans and they are holding talks with the Americans is not true, because the Iranian delegation in Vienna are negotiating with a set of current member states of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), including the UK, France, Germany as well as Russia and China; then, they put forward the issue with the U.S. in a way they know themselves.
Araghchi went on to say that there are signs that the Americans are reviewing their own stance and move forward to lift all sanctions, but the Iranian side is not still in a position to make a judgement, because the negotiations have not been finalized.
According to the Iranian diplomat, a long way is still ahead; although, the pace of negotiation is moving forward and the atmosphere of the talks are constructive.