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Iran says US must lift sanctions before returning to nuclear deal

Yusef Jalali
Press TV, Tehran

Iran to the US; lift the sanctions first and I’ll talk to you;
Since the new US administration took office, it has expressed readiness to rejoin the 2015 nuclear deal, which its predecessor ditched in 2018.

However, the US demands that Iran must take the first step and reverse an acceleration of its nuclear program.

Iran says the US must lift the sanctions it illegally re-imposed on Tehran, before the Islamic Republic reverses its steps.

The nuclear deal was signed in 2015 between Iran and the six world powers, including the US, which promised Iran the removal of international sanctions in return for the country curbing its nuclear activities.

In 2018, Donald Trump unilaterally scrapped the deal and re-imposed sanctions against Iran.

In return, the Islamic Republic took stepwise measures that scaled back the country’s obligations to the pact.

The last step was taken in early January when Iran resumed nuclear enrichment at 20-percent purity, way above the 3.67-percent cap set by the accord.

Iran says its retaliatory measures are within the framework of the deal.

Now, to overcome the US-Iranian impasse over who goes first in returning to the deal, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has proposed that the EU could 'choreograph the moves.'

Iran maintains that if the US proves its bona fides and stops economic war on his country, Tehran will go back to full compliance with international accord.

As Tehran and Washington are locked in a you first, me next approach, Iran says the US is the one that left the deal and it should take the first step back. Echoing the same stance, lawmakers here warn that if the US insists on further Iranian concessions, it might lose the opportunity to return to the deal.

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