- Title: Five years on from the Iranian nuclear deal
- Date: 13th July 2020
- Summary: Iran emerged from years of economic isolation on Saturday (January 16, 2016) when world powers began to lift crippling sanctions against the Islamic Republic in return for Tehran complying with a deal to curb its nuclear ambitions. The U.N. nuclear watchdog, the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), ruled on Saturday that Iran had abided by an agreement last year with six world powers to curtail its nuclear programme, triggering the end of sanctions. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed Iran's compliance to the agreement while giving a statement to journalists in Vienna. VIENNA, AUSTRIA (FILE - JANUARY 16, 2016) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (English) FORMER U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE, JOHN KERRY, SAYING: "After more than two and a half years of intense multilateral negotiations the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has now verified that Iran has honoured its commitments to alter and in fact dismantle much of its nuclear programme in compliance with the agreement that we reached last July."
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- 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
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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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