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Newsline: Iran welcomes nuclear diplomacy

Iran welcomed diplomatic efforts to revive its 2015 nuclear pact with major powers on Wednesday, a day after the European Union’s top diplomat proposed a new text to restore the agreement. “Iran welcomes the continuation of diplomacy and negotiations,” Iranian state media quoted Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian as telling EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell by telephone. “The United States always states that it wants an agreement, so this approach should be seen in the agreement and in practice,” Amirabdollahian added. It was not immediately clear what he meant. (https://news.yahoo.com/iran-tells-eu-welcomes-more-170039291.html) Borrell on Tuesday said he had proposed a new draft text to revive the 2015 deal under which Iran curbed its nuclear program in return for relief from economic sanctions. Then-U.S. President Donald Trump reneged on the deal in 2018 and reimposed U.S. sanctions, prompting Iran to violate the deal’s nuclear limits. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action deal aimed to make it harder for Iran to amass the fissile material for a nuclear weapon, an ambition Iran has long denied, saying its atomic program was for peaceful purposes. On Tuesday, the State Department said it was reviewing Borrell’s proposal and would respond to the EU.

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