Speaking in his weekly press conference on Monday, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh briefed on the latest Iranian foreign policy developments and answered a number of questions put forward by the journalists.

Iran seeking stable, reliable agreement in Vienna

“All sides [ in Vienna talks] are striving to reach a lasting understanding. The focus of the talks is on the removal of sanctions in a verifiable way, as well as nuclear issues, and in some cases, it has progressed,” said Khatibzadeh referring to the ongoing round of Vienna talks between Iran and the remaining parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), namely Russia, China, Britain, France, Germany and the EU.

“The Vienna talks are to ensure a responsible return of the United States to the JCPOA, and we do not discuss or accept anything beyond the deal,” he added.

Answering a question about an interim agreement in the Vienna talks, Khatibzadeh said, “We are seeking a stable and reliable agreement, and no agreement that does not have these two components is on our agenda. We should all try to ensure that the US return to the JCPOA to be accompanied by the necessary guarantees and verification and that the lifting sanctions must take place. This is not achieved by any temporary agreement.”

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