In this file photo taken on Oct 6, 2021, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian speaks during a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart following their meeting in Moscow. (KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV / POOL / AFP)
TEHRAN - Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said Sunday that "collecting all the economic dividends and an effective removal of the sanctions" constitute a principal priority for Iran in the nuclear negotiations.
Amir Abdollahian made the remarks when meeting with visiting Deputy Secretary-General of the European External Action Service Enrique Mora.
Amir Abdollahian said Iran has joined the Vienna negotiations with seriousness and put forward all the initiatives required for reaching an agreement, adding that the other parties, especially the US administration, should adopt a realistic approach in order to facilitate a resolution of the remaining outstanding issues, according to the foreign ministry's website.
Deputy Secretary-General of the European External Action Service Enrique Mora tweeted that he is "working on closing the remaining gaps" in the Vienna talks, adding that "we must conclude this negotiation. Much is at stake"
"The lack of a political decision on the part of America to remove the sanctions, to which the Iranian nation's economic benefits are tied, currently poses an obstacle to the achievement of final results," he added.
Earlier in the day, Mora also exchanged views about the latest situation of the nuclear negotiations with Iran's top negotiator and Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Ali Bagheri.
Bagheri noted the Islamic Republic's "seriousness and determination" to finalize a deal in Vienna, saying if the US side takes a realistic approach, a deal will be achievable.
Ahead of his Tehran trip, Mora tweeted that he is "working on closing the remaining gaps" in the Vienna talks, adding that "we must conclude this negotiation. Much is at stake."
In 2015, Iran signed the nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, with world powers, including the United States. However, former US President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the pact in May 2018 and re-imposed sanctions on Iran, which prompted the latter to drop some of its nuclear commitments.
Since April 2021, Iran and the remaining JCPOA parties have held eight rounds of talks in Vienna to revive the deal.