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    DAMASCUS (Sputnik) - France has come up with a phased approach to the US-Iranian standoff, with Washington being asked to drop sanctions in return for Tehran scaling back its presence in the region, Lebanese channel al-Mayadeen reported, citing French diplomatic sources.

    The multistep reconciliation process includes the United States reintroducing waivers on eight countries buying Iranian oil, the channel has reported.

    It was also told by its source that the rivals had not taken steps so far to soften their stance but a French presidential adviser had been given the green light to continue efforts to "revitalize" the nuclear pact.

    The EU Foreign Affairs Council held a meeting in Brussels on Monday to discuss the Iran nuclear deal in the wake of Tehran's recent decision to partially abandon its nuclear obligations under the 2015 accord. 

     An Iranian security official, dressed in protective clothing, walks inside the Uranium Conversion Facility, just outside the city of Isfahan, 410 kilometers, (255 miles), south of the Iranian capital Tehran in this Wednesday, March 30, 2005
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    An Iranian security official, dressed in protective clothing, walks inside the Uranium Conversion Facility, just outside the city of Isfahan, 410 kilometers, (255 miles), south of the Iranian capital Tehran in this Wednesday, March 30, 2005

    Iran was encouraged to immediately come into full compliance with the 2015 nuclear treaty and use its leverage on militant groups in Iraq, Syria and Yemen to stop them from attacking US allies.

    The IAEA international nuclear watchdog confirmed last week that Iran had enriched uranium beyond the agreed level. Iran said it would continue ramping up enrichment if other signatories did not shield it from US sanctions. They snapped back into place after Washington quit the deal last year.

     

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