News ID: 252823
Published: 0300 GMT May 14, 2019

Iran rejects report on condition for staying in nuclear deal

Iran rejects report on condition for staying in nuclear deal

The Iranian Foreign Ministry’s spokesman rejected a report by Reuters about Tehran’s condition for staying in the 2015 nuclear deal, saying such reports can spoil “the needed atmosphere for serious diplomacy”.

“The points of view and legitimate demands of Iran have been clearly and explicitly stated in Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s May 18 letter to the leaders of the countries remaining in the JCPOA,” Seyyed Abbas Mousavi said in a statement on Tuesday, Tasnim News Agency reported.

Mousavi further emphasized that such “incomplete and inaccurate speculations” in the media not only are not constructive, but also can lead to “spoiling the needed atmosphere for serious diplomacy in the current situation.”

In a report on Monday, Reuters claimed that Iran insists on exporting at least 1.5 million barrels per day (bpd) of oil, triple May’s expected levels under US sanctions, as a condition for staying in nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) issued a statement last Wednesday, saying Iran is no longer fulfilling some of its obligations under the JCPOA, and setting a two-month deadline for the remaining parties to fulfill their undertakings.

“At the current stage, we are not committed to complying with restrictions on the keeping enriched uranium reserves and heavy water supplies,” the SNSC stated.

The statement came a few days after the US administration renewed five of seven sanctions waivers that allow Russia and European nations to conduct civilian nuclear cooperation with Iran but revoked the other two as part of its pressure campaign against Tehran.

Washington also stopped issuing waivers to buy Iranian crude oil on May 2.




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