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Iran Offers to Abide by Nuke Deal if US Rolls Back Sanctions
French President Emmanuel Macron (L) meets with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani (R). (Getty images)

Iran Offers to Abide by Nuke Deal if US Rolls Back Sanctions

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has conveyed a message to his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron that Tehran was willing to abide by its commitments outlined in the 2015 multilateral nuclear deal if the United States agrees to roll back sanctions. Those sanctions were imposed on Tehran after US President Donald Trump withdrew from the pact in May 2018. Iran’s deputy foreign minister relayed the offer to Macron during a trip to Paris after the Iranian regime responded coldly to the French president’s “freeze-for-freeze” proposal. According to that plan, Tehran would maintain its nuclear activities at current levels while Washington holds off on further penalties with a view to reducing tensions in the Gulf and biding time to set the stage for the resumption of negotiations. Media reports have said that Rouhani’s offer would not require the US to return to the nuclear agreement, but demands revisions to economic sanctions on Iran’s oil exports and restrictions related to international banking. In return, the Islamic Republic would limit its uranium enrichment to 3.67 percent, as stipulated in the accord. The US and Iran have been in a standoff since President Trump left the nuclear deal, with tensions continuing to rise in the Gulf in the form of a “tanker war.” The White House has blamed Iranian military forces for numerous recent attacks on shipping vessels in and around the Strait of Hormuz. In the latest incident, they seized a British-flagged ship along with its 23-member crew in what Iran says was retaliation for London’s role in the seizure of an Iranian supertanker allegedly en route to Syria to deliver some 2 million barrels of oil in contravention of European Union sanctions.

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