Iran demands unfettered access to oil revenue as Vienna nuclear talks resume


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Iran demands unfettered access to oil revenue as Vienna nuclear talks resume
Foreign minister says Tehran wants to ‘enjoy full economic concessions’ from talks, as tensions with Israel escalate
By AP and TOI staff
27 December 2021

Iran demanded on Monday that the United States and its allies promise to allow it to export its crude oil as negotiations on restoring the tattered nuclear deal were to resume in Vienna. The remarks by Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian signal that Iran is pressing its position ahead of the negotiations over reviving the landmark 2015 nuclear deal. The talks were adjourned earlier this month after a round marked by tensions over new demands from Tehran.

Speaking to reporters in Tehran, Amirabdollahian said Iran wants the upcoming round of talks to focus on achieving the “point where Iranian oil is being sold easily and without any barriers and its money arrives in Iran’s bank accounts.” The resumption of talks come as tensions have escalated recently between Iran and Israel. On Friday, Iran fired multiple ballistic missiles at the close of five days of military drills, which generals said were a warning to Israel. The drills included a mock strike on an Israeli nuclear facility.

The US negotiator had previously warned of a “period of escalating crisis” if diplomacy failed to restore the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).