Tejarat Emrouz News, "We observe indisputable progress. Sanctions lifting is being actively discussed in informal settings,” the Russian diplomat said.
In another tweet later on Tuesday, the Russian envoy said he held “very useful and positive” talks with lead negotiators of the three European signatories to the JCPOA.
“This morning I had a very useful and positive meeting with the Heads of the British, French and German delegations at the ViennaTalks on JCPOA,” Ulyanov tweeted.
A senior Chinese envoy also on Tuesday stressed the need to expand consensus, patch up differences properly and jointly strive for a new breakthrough in the eighth round of the Vienna talks.
During an exclusive interview with the China Central Television (CCTV), Chinese envoy to the United Nations and other international organizations in Vienna Wang Qun added that the resumption of the talks during the Christmas and New Year holidays fully reflected the sense of urgency.
Wang said despite different interpretations of the seventh round of negotiations, his country, like most of the participants, believed that the negotiations had achieved positive results.
The parties have forged a new “common text” on nuclear issues and a “common understanding” on the removal of sanctions, he added.
The parties agreed to keep on negotiating thoroughly, focusing on these key points, during their eighth round of talks. All these consensuses have laid a solid foundation for this round of talks, the Chinese lead negotiator said.
“Lifting sanctions is one of the most important topics in the negotiations. Actually, there are two topics. The first one is how Iran will restrict its nuclear program. The second one is about lifting sanctions,” Wang said.
“The biggest problem lies with the United States because the United States quit the nuclear agreement and we had to renegotiate on how the United States and Iran would resume implementation of the deal. So sanction is still a key issue,” he added.
He urged all parties to focus on consensus, especially on the existing ones, at present and to work hard to expand consensus on this basis, stressing that differences must be properly handled.
Wang emphasized that it would not do to resort to utilitarianism and double standards out of one’s private interests, neither would it do to wave the sanction club and even impose new sanctions during the course of negotiations.
He expressed hope that all parties could take practical moves to safeguard the current negotiation momentum and atmosphere so as to strive to reach a package of solutions as soon as possible.
“The United States has imposed countless sanctions, ranging from primary sanctions to secondary sanctions. So we emphasized at the beginning of the talks that one should have a sense of right and wrong,” the Chinese diplomat said.
“Those who quit the nuclear agreement and imposed sanctions should take steps. This is the goal of the talks. China opposes the US for its move to arbitrarily resort to use of sanctions, and the double standards that the United States adopts on Iran nuclear issue and related nuclear non-proliferation issues,” Wang added.