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Iran shuns reported US offer on nuclear deal

A US proposal reportedly demanding Iran halt its current nuclear enrichment in exchange for sanctions removal was turned down by the Iranian side.
Iran' Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) meets with the director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi (R), in Tehran on Feb. 21, 2021. Iran said it had held "fruitful discussions" with the UN nuclear watchdog chief, ahead of a deadline when it is set to restrict the agency's inspections unless the United States lifts painful sanctions. Grossi's visit comes amid stepped-up efforts between US President Joe Biden's administration, European powers and Iran to salvage th

Iran expressed no delight in a reported US offer to revive the 2015 nuclear deal formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). “No proposal is needed for the US to rejoin the JCPOA,” tweeted the Iranian mission at the United Nations.

The Twitter statement was addressing a March 29 report by the US-based newspaper Politico that released the proposal’s details from unnamed officials at the administration of US President Joe Biden. According to the report, the offer calls on Iran to suspend its controversial 20%-level uranium enrichment and put a brake on its advanced centrifuges. In return, Tehran will enjoy a partial lifting of the economic sanctions reimposed in 2018 after the departure from the deal by Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump.

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