'Selective' delistings do not show 'goodwill'

TEHRAN, Jun. 12 (MNA) – A spokesman with Iran's Foreign Ministry says the US' decision to selectively delist some entities from its sanctions cannot be viewed as a sign of goodwill.

"Selective US delistings are neither related to JCPOA talks nor viewed as signals of goodwill—specially when coupled with renewed economic terrorism," Saeed Khatibzadeh tweeted on Friday evening. 

"Instead of following Trump's footsteps, @POTUS must abandon his "maximum failure" by effectively & verifiably removing sanctions," he added.  

His comments came a day after the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced in a statement that it had dropped sanctions on three former National Iranian Oil Company officials and two companies that previously “traded” Iranian petrochemicals. It said the former officials were removed from US blacklists as they were no longer affiliated with the entities already on US sanctions list.

However, the statement added that the Treasury had imposed new sanctions on several entities it said are financially helping Yemen's popular Ansarullah movement that has been defending the country against Saudi-led aggression since 2015.

Trump left Iran’s nuclear deal - officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) signed between Iran and major world powers - in 2018 and reimposed the sanctions that had been lifted against Tehran as part of the agreement.

Since April, representatives from Iran and the P4+1 group of countries have been holding talks in Vienna aimed at revitalizing the JCPOA and bringing the US back to compliance.

The US has sent a delegation to Vienna but it is not attending the JCPOA Joint Commission talks directly as Washington is no longer a party to the deal. It has, however, held separate talks with the other parties to the nuclear agreement.

Trump then launched what he described as a maximum pressure campaign against Iran, a futile yet inhumane economic war against the Iranian nation. 

Biden has said Washington is willing to return to the pact if Tehran first suspends its countermeasures taken in response to US violations and reimposition of sanctions.

Iran says the onus is on the US to revive the deal as it was Washington, not Tehran, that left the internationally recognized accord in defiance of global criticism.

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