- Title: Five years on from the Iranian nuclear deal
- Date: 13th July 2020
- Summary: The U.S. Navy on Friday (December 21, 2018) sailed through the Gulf Sea up to the Strait of Hormuz, the strategic artery where a third of the world's sea-borne oil passes every day, to ensure regional stability in the volatile region. The Fifth Fleet's exercise comes at a time when Iran has repeatedly threatened to close off the Strait, blocking the economically essential waterway. GULF SEA, AT SEA (FILE - DECEMBER 21, 2018) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF NAVY SHIP AT SEA VARIOUS OF MILITARY AIRCRAFT ON SHIP DECK SHIP CREW ON DECK, SHIPS SAILING IN SEA HELICOPTER FLYING ABOVE IRANIAN SHIP IRANIAN SHIP SAILING VARIOUS OF IRANIAN SHIPS SAILING
- 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
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- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- 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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