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After receiving $15 billion, Iran ready to hold talks with 4+1 members: Araghchi

ISNA - Iranian Students' News Agency

Wed / 4 September 2019 / 14:14

Tehran (ISNA) – Following phone talks between Iranian and French presidents, Tehran stated that either Europe has to buy oil from Iran, or provide it with a $15 billion credit line, which in some sense means a pre-sale of Iran's oil, deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs, Abbas Araghchi stressed.

Following his extensive talks in Paris on ways to salvage the Iran nuclear deal, officially known as the JCPOA, Araghchi told reporters in Slovenia that the focus of talks with the French side is on oil sale and ways to facilitate Iran's free access to its revenues.

"Iran has repeatedly stated that it will resume full implementation of its commitments under the JCPOA only when it can freely sell its oil and fully access its oil revenues. France's initiative is exactly about this issue," he said.

"Europe should either purchase Iran's oil, or provide us with a $15 billion letter of credit, which can in fact be considered as pre-purchasing our oil," he added.

"After receiving the $15 billion package, Iran is ready to hold talks with the members of the 4+1; but the truth is that there are still serious differences in opinions between the two sides on the agenda of these talks," he said.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran will not, under any circumstances, negotiate with any side over its red lines," Araghchi stressed.

"It is unlikely that European countries could take an effective measure to live up to their commitments before September 7, which is Iran's deadline for taking the third step in scaling down commitments to the JCPOA. This step consists of an important part of Iran's commitments to the deal which will be announced on the exact day," the official noted.

Araghchi also dismissed rumors over the possibility of a meeting between Iranian and American presidents on the sidelines of the upcoming UN General Assembly meeting, saying, "Such a meeting is by no means on agenda. As Mr. Rouhani has stressed, not only there is no chance for a bilateral meeting with US President Donald Trump, but also, there won't be any grounds for the presence of US in Iran's talks with the remaining sides to the JCPOA as long as Washington has not returned to the deal and lifted all nuclear sanctions against Iran".

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