11.06.2021 – 09:11
The United States announced Thursday that it had lifted sanctions on three former officials and two Iranian companies that previously traded Iranian pharmaceuticals. The move was described by a US official as a routine step, but could show Washington’s willingness to ease sanctions when justified.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the U.S. official said the move by the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control was linked to efforts to push for the return of Iran and the U.S. to the parameters of the nuclear deal reached with Iran. in 2015.
The removal of Iranian officials and companies from the list reflects “a verifiable change in the behavior or status” of those under sanctions and “demonstrates the United States’ commitment to lifting sanctions if there are any changes.”
A Treasury Department spokesman said the three individuals had testified that “Are no longer in previous posts in entities related to the Iranian government” adding that there is no reason to maintain sanctions against them.
World oil prices fell temporarily on Thursday after it was announced by some media groups that sanctions against Iranian oil officials had been lifted. This fact shows how much weight Iranian oil has on the world market if Iran is allowed to sell oil freely.
US and Iranian officials are expected to begin a sixth round of indirect talks in Vienna this weekend on ways that could serve to turn the two sides into nuclear-compliant practices known as the Joint General Action Plan.
Under the agreement, Iran is restricted in its nuclear program so that it is not allowed to supply material for the production of nuclear weapons. In return, Iran was offered relief in US sanctions, EU and UN sanctions.
Former President Donald Trump withdrew America from the deal in 2018, arguing that he was offering Tehran excessive concessions for insufficient restrictions on its nuclear program. The Trump administration responded by imposing sanctions that hit Iranian oil exports hard.
Iran responded by violating the terms of the nuclear deal.
President Biden hopes to negotiate the return of the two countries to the agreement, which requires new discussions on the restrictions that Iran may accept and the easing of sanctions that Washington may offer./VOA