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    Iran also said it would report the details of its nuclear steps to the United Nations nuclear agency.

    Iran said it lifts limitations on its research and development field as part of scaling back its commitments to the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal, Iranian ISNA agency reported.

    "Foreign Minister (Mohammad Javad) Zarif, in a letter to EU policy chief (Federica Mogherini) announced that Iran has lifted all sanctions on its Research and Development activities," ISNA quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi.

    On the first anniversary of the US unilateral pullout from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal on May 8, Tehran announced that it would start abandoning some parts of its nuclear obligations every 60 days unless European signatories to the deal ensured Iran's interests under the agreement amid Washington’s reinstated sanctions.

    The JCPOA's fate remains in question ever since the US withdrew from it, re-imposing sanctions that the deal had lifted. The remaining signatories have pledged to salvage the deal and to find a way around the American sanctions. Although the EU’s Instax mechanism, designed for this purpose, started earlier this year, it failed to resolve all the issues, specifically in terms of oil trade, which is crucial for Iran.

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