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IRAN URGES EUROPE FOR ‘PRAGMATIC’ STEPS TO SAVE NUCLEAR DEAL

Europeans' measures to save Iran's 2015 international nuclear deal should "go beyond declarations to take pragmatic steps," Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said, according to Tasnim news agency report.

The European parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) have taken a series of measures after putting forward a package for saving the nuclear deal, Zarif was quoted as saying.

"These measures (by Europe) have been an announcement of stances rather than operational measures. Though they (Europeans) have moved forward, we believe that Europe is not still ready to pay the price," Zarif said.

Earlier, the Iranian foreign minister said that Tehran expects European Union to compensate for the U.S. "illegal measure" over the 2015 international nuclear deal.

The European countries should take on their responsibilities to compensate for the relapse of U.S. sanctions following Washington's exit from the deal, Zarif said.

The JCPOA, or the nuclear deal, restricts Iran's nuclear activities in exchange for the easing of the sanctions on the Islamic republic.

On May 8, U.S. President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the deal and vowed to reinstate sanctions against Tehran to make the latter "change behavior."

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK


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