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UK: Iran pulling out from nuclear deal 'unwelcome'

Christian Fernsby |
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said that Iran pulling out from some of its commitments under a nuclear deal signed in 2015 is an “unwelcome step".

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Speaking at a news conference after meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in London, Hunt said the two countries have a different approach on how to ensure that “Iran must never be able to require a nuclear weapon.”

“I urge Iran not to take further escalatory steps and to stand by its commitments,” Hunt said.

Hunt added that the sanctions were lifted in return for restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program but if Iran ceases to observe its nuclear commitments, there would be consequences.

Pompeo said the letter sent by Iran today partially pulling out from its commitments was “intentionally ambiguous".

He said the U.S. is watching Iran’s activity and that Washington and its European partners will move forward together.

Pompeo added that he is confident there will be “no pathway” for Iran to acquire nuclear weapon systems.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday threatened to resume high-level enrichment of uranium if his country’s interests in the nuclear deal with world powers are not protected within two months.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif reiterated Rouhani’s statement at a news conference in the Russian capital Moscow, but added that if European participants in the nuclear deal fulfill their obligations, Iran will guarantee the future of the agreement.

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