- Title: Five years on from the Iranian nuclear deal
- Date: 13th July 2020
- Summary: The nations that remain in the Iran nuclear meet in Vienna on May 25, 2018 for the first time since U.S. President Donald Trump left the pact. British, Chinese, French, German and Russian officials try to flesh out with Iran's deputy foreign minister a strategy to save the deal by keeping oil and investment flowing. VIENNA, AUSTRIA (FILE - MAY 25, 2018) (REUTERS) STREET SIGN WHICH READS "PALAIS COBURG", VENUE OF IRAN MEETING MEETING ROOM WINDOWS OFFICIALS SEATED FOR BEGINNING OF MEETING PAN OVER PARTICIPANTS OF THE MEETING DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY YUKIYA AMANO SITTING NEXT TO IRAN'S DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER AND THE COUNTRY'S TOP NUCLEAR NEGOTIATOR, ABBAS ARAQCHI CLOSE OF ARAQCHI SEATED RUSSIAN DELEGATION SEATED DOORS CLOSING, MEDIA WALKING OUT
- Embargoed: 27th July 2020 07:55
- Keywords: Barack Obama Donald Trump decision Ernest Moniz Federica Mogherini Hassan Rouhani Iran Iran nuclear deal Javad Zarif John Kerry Lavrov Mohammad Javad Zarif Tanker US withdrawing from deal United Nations Zarif ali akbar salehi drone nuclear facilities sanctions on Iran test missiles
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- Country: Iran
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA00MCMNTXZB
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- Story Text: EDITORS NOTE: 14 JULY 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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