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Iran will reverse nuclear actions when US lifts sanctions, FM says

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Moscow, Russia on January 26, 2021 [Russian Foreign Ministry/Handout/Anadolu Agency]
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Moscow, Russia on January 26, 2021 [Russian Foreign Ministry/Handout/Anadolu Agency]

Iran will "immediately reverse" actions in respect of its nuclear programme when US sanctions are lifted, Reuters reported Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif saying today.

The Joe Biden administration said yesterday it was ready to revive a 2015 agreement between Iran and world powers that former President Donald Trump abandoned in 2018 before reimposing sanctions on Iran.

When sanctions are lifted, "we will then immediately reverse all remedial measures. Simple," Zarif said on Twitter.

Yesterday Zarif tweeted that Iran's "remedial measures" were in response to violations of the accord by the US, Britain, France and Germany. Other signatories to the 2015 deal were China and Russia.

Breaches of the deal by Iran began in 2019, about a year after Trump withdrew from it.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said yesterday that the Biden administration would return to the accord if Tehran came into full compliance with it.

Tehran has set a 23 February deadline for Washington to begin reversing sanctions, otherwise, it says, it will take its biggest step yet to breach the deal – banning short-notice inspections by the UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Britain, France, Germany, and the United States called on Iran to refrain from that step and repeated their concerns over recent actions by Tehran to produce uranium enriched up to 20 per cent and uranium metal.

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