- Title: On its fifth anniversary, the Iran nuclear deal hangs by a thread.
- Date: 13th July 2020
- Summary: U.S. Vice President Mike Pence accused Washington's European allies of trying to break U.S. sanctions against Tehran and called on them to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal. WARSAW, POLAND (FILE - FEBRUARY 14, 2019) (REUTERS) U.S. VICE PRESIDENT, MIKE PENCE SPEAKING AT MIDEAST PEACE CONFERENCE FOR WORKING LUNCH (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE, SAYING: "The time has come for our European partners to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and join with us as we bring the economic and diplomatic pressure necessary to give the Iranian people, the region and the world the peace, security and freedom they deserve." ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU AND POMPEO SITTING AT TABLE SENIOR ADVISOR TO TRUMP JARED KUSHNER DURING MEETING
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- Keywords: 2015 nuclear deal French President Emmanuel Macron Hassan Rouhani IAEA Iran Iran nuclear Russia Tehran U.S. President Donald Trump nuclear deal uranium enrichment
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- Story Text: EDITORS NOTE: JULY 14 MARKS FIVE YEARS SINCE AGREEMENT REACHED WITH IRAN OVER ITS NUCLEAR ACTIVITIES
The Iran nuclear deal was left hanging by a thread in 2020 after Tehran announced it would abandon limitations on enriching uranium - a move Germany's Foreign Minister Heiko Maas warned could be the beginning of the end of the nuclear accord.
The deal to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for economic sanctions relief was agreed in 2015 between Iran and six major world powers.
Iran had been expected to lay out its latest position on the deal earlier this year, but after the U.S. drone killing of top Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani there was a major escalation of hostilities with Washington.
Tehran had already been overstepping limits on its nuclear activities in response to the U.S. withdrawal from the deal in 2018 and the subsequent reimposition of sanctions that have crippled Iran's oil trade.
European governments have sought to rescue the accord.
Tehran said it would continue to cooperate with the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog and said it can quickly reverse the steps it is taking if U.S. sanctions are removed.
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