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Iran claims it wants permanent nuclear deal after talks with Qatar FM

Iran said on Wednesday it sought a strong and lasting nuclear deal with world powers after talks with US ally Qatar on easing stalled efforts to revive the 2015 nuclear deal.

Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani visited Tehran a week after EU-mediated indirect US-Iran talks in Doha, breaking the impasse hindering efforts to restart the nuclear deal have failed.

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In a joint news conference with Sheikh Mohammed in Tehran, Iran’s Foreign Minister Hussein Amirbadollahian said, “We are committed to a good, strong and lasting agreement, and despite US claims … we have made no demands outside the nuclear deal.” picked up.”

Since last week, Iran has questioned America’s resolve to save the deal, while Washington has said Tehran has added new demands to the Doha talks.

However, Iran’s Amirbadollahian said on Tuesday that Washington “must decide whether it wants a deal or insists on sticking to its unilateral demands.”

Under the 2015 deal, Iran curtailed its uranium enrichment work, a possible route to nuclear weapons, in exchange for economic sanctions relief. Iran says it only wants civilian nuclear power.

But former US President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the deal in 2018 and reimposed tough economic sanctions, allowing Tehran to break several of the deal’s nuclear limits.

After nearly a year of indirect negotiations in Vienna, a broad outline of a revived deal was agreed upon. But talks broke down in March, largely on Tehran’s demand that Washington remove its Revolutionary Guards from the US terrorism list.

The United States refused, arguing that it was outside the scope of reviving the agreement.

Iranian and Western diplomats had said that other remaining hurdles to an agreement included giving assurances that Washington would not leave the agreement again and that the International Atomic Energy Agency would drop its claims about Tehran’s nuclear work.

“The US side must guarantee that Iran will fully benefit from the revived 2015 deal. So far, the US side has not been able to give such assurances,” Amirbadullahian said.

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