- Title: On its fifth anniversary, the Iran nuclear deal hangs by a thread.
- Date: 13th July 2020
- Summary: French President Emmanuel Macron said Iran had explicitly signalled its intent for the first time to quit its nuclear deal. BEIJING, CHINA (NOVEMBER 6, 2019) (AGENCY POOL) FRENCH PRESIDENT EMMANUEL MACRON APPROACHING PODIUM (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH PRESIDENT EMMANUEL MACRON, SAYING: "I think that yesterday's decisions (by Iran) are serious. And, I think that for the first time, Iran has decided in an explicit and blunt manner to leave the JCPOA (nuclear) agreement, which marks a profound shift compared to their approach over these last few weeks. And so, I will have discussions in the coming days with the Iranians but we must all collectively face the consequences."
- Embargoed: 27th July 2020 07:54
- 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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