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Iran rejects 'step-by-step' lifting of U.S. sanctions

CommoditiesApr 03, 2021 11:00AM ET
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(Reuters) -Iran wants the United States to lift all sanctions and rejects any "step-by-step" easing of restrictions, the foreign ministry said on Saturday ahead of planned talks in Vienna next week on reviving the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and global powers.

The comments came as France urged Iran to show a constructive stance in the indirect talks with Washington in the Austrian capital, which will be part of broader negotiations.

Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that Tehran opposed any gradual easing of sanctions.

"No step-by-step plan is being considered," Khatibzadeh told state broadcaster Press TV. "The definitive policy of the Islamic Republic of Iran is the lifting of all U.S. sanctions."

Former president Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the nuclear pact in 2018 and reimposed sanctions on Iran, prompting Tehran to breach some of the accord's nuclear restrictions.

Trump's successor Joe Biden wants to revive the agreement but Washington and Tehran have been at odds over who should take the first step.

The U.S. State Department has said the focus of the Vienna talks will be on "the nuclear steps that Iran would need to take in order to return to compliance" with the nuclear accord.

Iran, China, Russia, France, Germany and Britain - all parties to the 2015 deal - held virtual talks on Friday to discuss the possible return of the United States to the accord. 

Following a call with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a statement that he had asked Iran to avoid further violations of its nuclear commitments.

"I encouraged Iran to be constructive in the discussions that are set to take place," Le Drian said.

"They are meant to help identify in the coming weeks the steps that will be needed in order to return to full compliance with the nuclear deal."

(dubai.newsroom@thomsonreuters.com; additional reporting by Sarah White in Paris; editing by Pravin Char and Gareth Jones)

Iran rejects 'step-by-step' lifting of U.S. sanctions
 

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Far Had
Far Had Apr 05, 2021 3:29AM ET
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Biden's foreign policy is a disaster
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Biden's foreign policy is a disaster
Diddl One
Diddl One Apr 03, 2021 4:35PM ET
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lift the sanctions and wait if iran responds in kind. if yes, good. all win. Us looks especially good. if not, demand total blockade from others as well, by being able to say: "see, told you so". Win again. US looking good again.
President Xi Jinping
President Xi Jinping Apr 03, 2021 4:35PM ET
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You dont let prisoners go and say “lets just see what happens” lmao
Don Grif
Don Grif Apr 03, 2021 3:47PM ET
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When are our leaders (if you want to call them leaders) realize the new axis of evil is China, Russia, Iran, North Korea? Just get out & stop trading with these evil empires!
President Xi Jinping
President Xi Jinping Apr 03, 2021 3:47PM ET
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Sadly japan recognize that and got so desparare in ww2 they had to attack america. They were right about china all alongZ
ROHAM MOSAVI گگگ
ROHAM MOSAVI گگگ Apr 03, 2021 1:54PM ET
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excellent
Ric Hoop
Ric Hoop Apr 03, 2021 11:26AM ET
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Just help the Iranians build thorium reactors, cant be weaponized. Win/win.
Vikings Norway
Vikings Norway Apr 03, 2021 11:26AM ET
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Says who? uranium isotope 233 is very feasible. It's just a matter of involvement and research as nobody knows how to isolate it yet. That could be far easier than centrifuge process. Who knows? build it somewhere else please.
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Iran isnt building nuclear for the electricity. Its like monsters, they want the biggest gun they can have
Joel Hauser
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Good move by the government,we should not bow to crazy evangelicals bible thumpers who are lapdogs of dictator netenyahoo.Infact the us army shouldn't even be in the sand dunes 6000 miles away.Rapture is not coming,jesus is dead and take care of your own citizens not dual passport holders.
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Felipe Daniel Apr 03, 2021 9:49AM ET
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Biden will get played since he is weak
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he secretly misses trump. also the guy that attacked the capital and killed a cop was black. the media of which bidens boss, obama owns will never tell you that.
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Performing on ayatollah orders is an essential part of Biden’s foreign policy.
 
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