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Iran defuses threat to upset nuclear deal over US sanctions

Discussion in 'Israel & Middle East News' started by Chris, Jan 10, 2017.

  1. Chris

    Chris Administrator Staff Member

    Iran defuses threat to upset nuclear deal over US sanctions
    By REUTERS
    10 January 2017 20:48
    Tehran threatened last month to retaliate against a US Senate vote to extend the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA), saying it violated the landmark agreement.
    A gas flare on an oil production platform in the Soroush oil fields is seen alongside an Iranian flag in the Persian Gulf, Iran, July 25, 2005.. (photo credit:REUTERS)

    VIENNA - Iran decided not to escalate a stand-off over the extension of US sanctions at a meeting of diplomats overseeing the nuclear deal it reached with world powers in 2015, senior Russian and Iranian diplomats said after the session on Tuesday. Tehran threatened last month to retaliate against a US Senate vote to extend the Iran Sanctions Act (ISA), saying it violated the landmark agreement reached with six major powers under which the Islamic Republic curbed its disputed nuclear program in exchange for relief from international sanctions.

    "Iran explained its concern on the extension of the Iran Sanctions Act ... as being an reintroduction of sanctions. I think the joint commission took Iran's concern very seriously," Abbas Araqchi, Iran's top nuclear negotiator, told reporters. When asked whether Iran used the meeting of the so-called Joint Commission to trigger a dispute resolution mechanism set out in the accord for cases where one participating country feels there is a breach of the deal, Araqchi said, "No."

    The bill extending US sanctions against Iran for 10 years became law in December without President Barack Obama's signature, but US officials said its passage would not affect implementation of the nuclear accord. Sanctions imposed by other parties, such as the European Union, have been lifted.

    more..............http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Ir...o-upset-nuclear-deal-over-US-sanctions-478035
     
  2. ShilohRose

    ShilohRose Well-Known Member

    "The regular commission meeting on the nuclear deal took place 10 days before US President-elect Donald Trump enters the White House amid great uncertainty about how he, as a fierce critic of a deal that Obama counts as a significant diplomatic achievement, will handle any future difficulties with Iran."

    The Iran deal "counts as a significant achievement"? :lolsign By whose count?
     

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