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Iran's FM takes to YouTube to reject renegotiating nuclear deal

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has posted an English-language video to YouTube laying out Iranian positions on the nuclear deal, including why Tehran will not be revisiting the agreement despite threats by US President Donald Trump to exit it if it is not reopened and other issues addressed.

On May 3, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif posted a five-minute video on YouTube outlining Iran’s position on the possibility of the United States exiting the nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) signed with the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany.

Speaking in English, Zarif says that as part of the deal, Iran had agreed to “take certain concrete steps to assuage the concerns of the United States primarily” in regard to its nuclear program. The United States in turn, he said, “committed to remove sanctions and cease impeding business with Iran.” Zarif added that although the JCPOA is not an international treaty, it is binding because the UN Security Council endorsed the agreement with its passage of Resolution 2231 (2015).

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