The United States said on Thursday it had lifted the sanctions against three former Iranian officials and two companies that previously marketed Iranian petrochemicals, a first step described as routine by a US official but which could show a readiness to relax sanctions when warranted.
Expressing sUnder cover of anonymity, the US official said the actions taken by the US Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) were unrelated to efforts to restore Iran's and government to compliance. United States with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
"Today, OFAC and the Department of State are also the lifting of sanctions against three former Iranian government officials and two companies previously involved in the purchase, acquisition, sale, transport or marketing of Iranian petrochemicals, "the Treasury said in a statement. .
He said the delisting reflected "a verified change in behavior or status " tho sanction himself and "show commitment government to lift sanctions in the event of (such) change. "
A spokesperson for the Treasury said the trTwo individuals had established "that they no longer held their posts in entities affiliated with the Iranian government ", adding that there was no reason to maintain sanctions against them.
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US and Iranian officials are set to begin their sixth round of indirect talks in Vienna this weekend on how the two sides could resume compliance with the nuclear deal, officially called the Joint Comprehe Plan d 'nsive Action (JCPOA).
As part of the deal, Iran limited its nuclear program to make it more difficult to obtain fissile material for atomic weapons in exchange for relief from US sanctions, from the EU and the UN.
Former US President Donald Trump abandoned the deal in 2018, arguing that 'it gave Tehran too much sanctions relief for too few nuclear restrictions, and reimposed sanctions that reduced Iran's oil exports.
Iran retaliated about a year later by violating the limits of its nuclear program.
US President Joe Biden hopes to negotiate a mutual return to compliance, a task that requires defining what nuclear limits Iran will accept, what US sanctions to remove and how to sequence them.
Asked about the talks, the porState Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters: “We have made progress, but, and you have heard it before, challenges remain and big problems continue to plague the sides. "
The Treasury statement did not name the three former Iranian officials or the two companies removed from its sanctions lists.
However, on its website, OFAC said it had removed three men from one of its sanctions lists: Ahmad Ghalebani, managing director of NationalIranian Oil Company; Farzad Bazargan, Managing Director of Hong Kong Intertrade Company, and Mohammad Moinie, Commercial Director of Naftiran Intertrade Company Sarl.
OFAC has declared that it has lifted certain sanctions on Sea Charming Shipping Company Limited and on Aoxing Ship Management Shanghai Limited.
"This is just a decision of the Treout in the ordinary course of business - nothing to do with the JCPOA "said the US official who requested anonymity, describing it as the " regular process of delisting when (it) does so dictate it. "
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