Iran to respond to EU’s nuclear deal by midnight, says FM

Tehran, Aug 15 (EFE).- Iran will respond to a European Union proposal to salvage the 2015 nuclear deal by midnight, foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Monday.

“We will send our written response to the coordinator of the European Union (Enrique Mora) before 12 tonight,” the minister told journalists, according to local media.

A deal could be announced in the coming days if “the United States shows flexibility”, he added.

“Our decision is to sign the agreement if our red lines are respected. One of the reasons it’s taken so long is because we don’t want to cross those red lines,” he continued.

The EU, as coordinator of the talks to save the agreement, presented a new draft text in the last round of the Vienna talks held between August 4 and 8.

The text must be approved by the countries that signed the 2015 agreement: Iran, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Russia, China and the United States.

The nuclear deal limited Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of US sanctions.

In 2018, however, then-US president Donald Trump unilaterally abandoned it and re-imposed economic sanctions against Iran.

Tehran, in response, ramped up its nuclear efforts and boosted uranium enrichment. EFE


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