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US Ready to Lift Iranian Sanctions Inconsistent With JCPOA, State Department Says

On Tuesday, joint negotiations between the P5+1 group were kicked off in Vienna with a goal to determine a path to a possible full restoration of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as nuclear deal with Iran.

Washington is ready to partially lift sanctions previously imposed on Iran as a means to resume mutual compliance with the nuclear deal, a spokesman for the US State Department, Ned Price, said at a press conference Wednesday.

“We are prepared to lift sanctions that are inconsistent with the JCPOA [the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action],” Price told reporters.

The spokesman noted that the United States favors a “compliance for compliance” formula and observed that there would be no unilateral gestures.

The move comes amid continuing negotiations in Vienna between the P5+1 group of countries that were the signatories of the accord back in 2015 when it was penned: China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States and Germany.

A path back to the full restoration of the JCPOA is looking closer following prolonged demands from Washington and Tehran, with the US urging Iran to return to its nuclear commitments, and the Islamic republic insisting that the White House make the first step by lifting its sanctions against the country.

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