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The US Treasury Department on Thursday lifted sanctions against three former Iranian officials and two companies, who were previously involved in trading Iranian petrochemical products.

The US Treasury said Thursday that it has lifted sanctions on three former Iranian officials and two companies, who were previously involved in trading Iranian petrochemical products.

The Treasury Department added in a statement posted on its official website that lifting the sanctions on these individuals confirms “our commitment to lifting sanctions in the event of a change in the status or behavior of the sanctioned persons.”

In its statement, the Treasury did not name the former Iranian officials or the companies.

The US State Department confirmed that “lifting sanctions against officials in the Iranian National Oil Corporation has nothing to do with the Vienna negotiations (with Iran) and the possibility of returning to the nuclear agreement.”

“I expect to withdraw other Iranian individuals and companies from the sanctions list in the coming months and years,” State Department spokesman Ned Price told a news conference.

And the Wall Street Journal revealed in a report, Thursday, that the administration of US President Joe Biden has lifted sanctions imposed on more than 10 former Iranian officials and energy companies.

The newspaper said that “the measure comes amid the stalled negotiations related to the nuclear agreement with Iran. It quoted US officials as saying that the measure indicates Washington’s commitment to ease a broader pressure campaign if Tehran changes its behavior.”

But Price said in his press conference that progress has been made in the Vienna negotiations, but at the same time he stressed that there are challenges. He added: “I do not want to set a deadline for indirect negotiations with Iran, and we have not reached an agreement yet.”

On Tuesday, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that the United States would maintain “hundreds of sanctions” on Iran even if the two countries reached a settlement to save the agreement on the Iranian nuclear file.

It is scheduled to resume talks between the concerned countries and Iran at the end of this week in Vienna.





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