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Tehran Says US Should Lift Anti-Iranian Sanctions Before Talks on Restoring Nuclear Deal

© AP Photo / Mehdi MarizadIn this Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011 file photo, a part of Arak heavy water nuclear facilities is seen, near the central city of Arak, 150 miles (250 kilometers) southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran. Iranian state television reported on Saturday, April, 19, 2014 that Vice President Ali Akbar Salehi has said a dispute between world powers and the country over its heavy water reactor at Arak has been “virtually resolved.” Iran and world powers are negotiating the terms of a permanent deal over its contested nuclear program
In this Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011 file photo, a part of Arak heavy water nuclear facilities is seen, near the central city of Arak, 150 miles (250 kilometers) southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran. Iranian state television reported on Saturday, April, 19, 2014 that Vice President Ali Akbar Salehi has said a dispute between world powers and the country over its heavy water reactor at Arak has been “virtually resolved.” Iran and world powers are negotiating the terms of a permanent deal over its contested nuclear program - Sputnik International, 1920, 01.03.2021
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Washington previously stated that the US is "ready to reengage in meaningful diplomacy to achieve a mutual return to compliance with [the deal's] commitments".

Iran reiterated its stance on Monday, urging the US to cancel all economic restrictions against Iran before inviting the country to negotiate the nuclear deal.

"President Joe Biden's administration should change Trump's maximum pressure policy towards Tehran ... If they want talks with Iran, first they should lift sanctions", Iranian Foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said.

The statement comes just a day after the spokesman noted that Iran does not consider the time to be "suitable" for an informal meeting over the nuclear accord, calling on the White House to "end its illegal and unilateral sanctions".

© AP Photo / Vahid SalemiIn this April 9, 2009 file picture Iranian technicians work at a new facility producing uranium fuel for a planned heavy-water nuclear reactor, just outside the city of Isfahan, 255 miles (410 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran. Iran is lagging behind on equipping a bunker with machines enriching uranium to a grade that can be turned quickly to arm nuclear warheads and now says will produce less at the site than originally planned, diplomats tell The Associated Press.
Tehran Says US Should Lift Anti-Iranian Sanctions Before Talks on Restoring Nuclear Deal - Sputnik International, 1920, 01.03.2021
In this April 9, 2009 file picture Iranian technicians work at a new facility producing uranium fuel for a planned heavy-water nuclear reactor, just outside the city of Isfahan, 255 miles (410 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran. Iran is lagging behind on equipping a bunker with machines enriching uranium to a grade that can be turned quickly to arm nuclear warheads and now says will produce less at the site than originally planned, diplomats tell The Associated Press.

The 2015 deal, signed by Iran, Russia, China, the US, France, Great Britain, Germany, and the European Union, stipulated restrictions on the Iranian nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief, including the lifting of an arms embargo five years later.

However, Washington unilaterally withdrew from the deal in 2018 and reinstated sanctions against Tehran that forced Iran to gradually suspend its obligations under the deal.

Following the assassination of top Iranian nuclear physicist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh at the end of 2020, the Iranian parliament adopted a law to increase uranium enrichment and stop UN inspections of its nuclear sites.

Tehran later announced it had succeeded in enriching uranium to 20 percent at the Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant.

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