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Iran rejects ending 20% enrichment earlier than U.S. lifts sanctions-state TV

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DUBAI, March 30 (Reuters) – Iran won’t cease its 20% uranium enrichment earlier than the US lifts all sanctions, Iranian state TV quoted an unnamed official as saying on Tuesday in response to a U.S. media report that Washington would supply a brand new proposal to jump-start talks.

The Biden administration has been looking for to have interaction Iran in talks about either side resuming compliance with the deal, beneath which financial sanctions on Tehran had been eliminated in return for curbs on Iran’s nuclear programme to make it tougher to develop a nuclear weapon – an ambition Tehran denies.

“A senior Iranian official tells Press TV that Tehran will cease its 20-percent uranium enrichment provided that the U.S. lifts ALL its sanctions on Iran first,” state-run Press TV mentioned on its web site.

“The official mentioned Tehran will additional scale back its commitments beneath the 2015 nuclear deal if the U.S. doesn’t elevate all sanctions, warning that Washington is quickly working out of time,” it added.

Politico mentioned a U.S. proposal, the main points of which it mentioned are nonetheless being labored out, would ask Iran to halt a few of its nuclear actions, reminiscent of work on superior centrifuges and the enrichment of uranium to twenty% purity, in alternate for some aid from U.S. financial sanctions.

U.S. President Joe Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, withdrew from the deal in 2018 and reimposed U.S. sanctions, prompting Iran, after ready greater than a 12 months, to violate among the pact’s nuclear restrictions in retaliation.

The percentages any progress to revive the deal earlier than Iran holds a presidential election in June have dwindled after Tehran opted to take a more durable stance earlier than returning to talks, officers have mentioned. (Reporting by Dubai newsroom; Enhancing by Lincoln Feast.)

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