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Iran rejects US proposal to gradually lift sanctions

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh in Tehran, Iran on 5 October 2020 [Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency]
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh in Tehran, Iran on 5 October 2020 [Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency]

Iran rejects the US proposal to gradually lift sanctions imposed by the administration of former President Donald Trump, said the country's Foreign Ministry today, Anadolu Agency reports.

"The definitive policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran is the lifting of all US sanctions, whether those which Trump re-imposed after withdrawing from the JCPOA [2015 nuclear deal] or those which he initiated, as well as sanctions imposed under any other heading," ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said in statements cited by Press TV.

Khatibzadeh said under the US proposal, Tehran in turn must show its commitment to the nuclear deal.

The US and Iran are at loggerheads over who should first return to compliance with the deal, with the Biden administration repeatedly maintaining that it will only meet its obligations after Tehran does.

That position has been a non-starter for Iranian officials, who maintain that since Trump left the deal first, the US must lift its sanctions before Tehran returns.

READ: US, Iran to go to Vienna for indirect nuclear deal talks

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