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    Iran rules out meeting with US until sanctions are “effectively” lifted

    Iran will not hold any meetings with US officials until Washington actually lifts its sanctions against Tehran, the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Monday.

    “We will not have any bilateral dialogue with Washington. The United States must first do what it has promised, which is to carry out the effective lifting of sanctions and comply with Security Council Resolution 2231 United Nations, “Said Khatibzadeh said during his weekly press briefing, IRNA news agency reported.

    The process of returning to the Iranian nuclear program deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), is following its own steps, the spokesperson added.

    “The funds of our people must be available, the oil must be easily sold, the money from these sales must go (to Iran) and guarantees must be given. When they have done that, we will respond,” a- he clarified.

    Mr. Khatibzadeh assured that Iran would act according to the acts of the administration of the new American president Joe Biden, that they are “positive, negative, distorted or ambiguous”.

    “For now, we have no problem with the United States except the JCPOA, which does not require recourse to unofficial channels. We have directly said everything we have to say,” he said. for follow-up.

    After the US exit from the nuclear deal in 2018 and the return of sanctions against Iran, the latter stopped implementing some of its commitments to the JCPOA.

    New US Secretary of State Antony Blinken recently assured the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee that the Biden administration would seek to renew the JCPOA membership if Tehran resumed its obligations.

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