The Chief of Staff to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has claimed that the US, during the nuclear discussions in Vienna, agreed to remove over 1,000 sanctions that were implemented under the Trump administration.

In the aftermath of the failed nuclear discussion(s) in Vienna over the past several weeks, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s Chief of Staff, Mahmoud Vaezi, reported that US officials agreed to remove 1,040 sanctions that were implemented under the Trump administration.

As stated by Vaezi, “All issues of insurance, oil and shipping have been agreed, and about 1,040 sanctions from the Trump era will be lifted according to this agreement.”

According to a report by The Times of Israel, US officials also agreed to remove Iranian officials from America’s blacklist. However, the US has not verified the statements coming from Iran.

The talks in Vienna have reportedly not been going according to plan for anyone, as at least one source has revealed that any of the agreements to have taken place so far are of minor consequence. Furthermore, the most significant topics are yet to even surface in the meetings. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas stated that there are “several technical questions to resolve.”

Discussions in Vienna became a reality amid Tehran’s continuous violations of the 2015 Joint comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that was set in place under the Obama administration. However, the Trump White House withdrew from the deal in 2018 after citing Tehran’s longstanding breaches of the agreement. Upon its withdrawal, the Trump administration also implemented several previous and new sanctions.

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