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Iran’s foreign ministry has announced that there would be “no step-by-step strategy” to lift American sanctions and restore the country’s nuclear agreement with world powers signed in 2015.

All sanctions imposed and reimposed by former US President Donald Trump are included, he said.

Trump unilaterally terminated the nuclear agreement, which was also signed by China, Russia, Germany, France, and the United Kingdom, in 2018 and introduced harsh economic sanctions, which have only gotten worse since then.

The remarks by the Iranian foreign ministry spokesman come as Jalina Porter, a deputy spokeswoman for the US State Department, said on Friday that the focus of next week’s in-person talks in Vienna on reviving the nuclear agreement would be on “the nuclear measures that Iran would need to take in order to return to compliance.”

Iran had previously stated that it was open to a step-by-step strategy, but changed its mind after US President Joe Biden declined to lift any sanctions for months, maintaining that Iran must first act to return to full compliance with all of the deal’s commitments.

Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has stated that the US must lift all sanctions before Iran can reduce uranium enrichment and withdraw the many cascades of advanced centrifuges it has deployed.

Iran’s supreme leader has confirmed that the nation is “not in a rush” to get sanctions lifted.


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