by Maxim Minaev
Earlier, Iran rejected the US and EU offer to have direct nuclear talks with the United States in the coming weeks as it sought guarantees that Washington would remove sanctions after the meeting.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that the lifting of unilateral sanctions against Iran and return to the JCPOA will contribute to regional stability.
In February, in a phone call, Erdogan told Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that he saw a window of opportunity for Iran and the United States, adding that he wanted US sanctions to be lifted.
In 2015, Iran, China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union signed the nuclear deal, stipulating the removal of international sanctions from Tehran in exchange for it scaling down its nuclear programme. In 2018, Washington unilaterally withdrew from the deal and reimposed sanctions on Iran. Tehran responded by gradually abandoning its own commitments.
In December, Iran passed a law to increase its uranium enrichment and stop IAEA inspections of its nuclear sites in a bid to achieve the removal of US economic sanctions. In early January, Iran’s atomic energy organisation announced that the country had succeeded in enriching uranium at 20 percent at the Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant.
Iran had also threatened to suspend all IAEA inspections of the country’s nuclear facilities by 23 February if the US sanctions were not lifted by that time. However, after talks with the international watchdog, Tehran agreed to prolong the inspections but in a limited capacity.