Foreign Minister Javad Zarif insisted that “U.S. participation in JCPOA is only useful if it has economic benefits for Iran“, while noting: “Lifting sanctions is the priority … After that, the issue of U.S. return to the nuclear deal will be considered”. He further emphasised that “Europeans and Americans need to know that we will not renegotiate what we once agreed on”, and added: “if the U.S. seeks to return to the JCPOA and fulfill its commitment, the Islamic Republic will comply with its obligations as well”. Relatedly, a senior aide to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei argued that the sanction snapback mechanism “must be abandoned as an irrational principle in the event of further negotiations”.
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