Iran Lays Out Conditions For Nuclear Deal, Says US Must Never Withdraw From Agreement Again

Tehran’s envoy to UN tells Security Council assurances needed to build ‘confidence’ in continued adherence to 2015 pact; urges holding Israel to account for ‘adventuristic’ attacks

Iran's U.N. Ambassador Majid Takht Ravanch speaks to reporters following a meeting with members of the U.N. Security Council, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, at the United Nations. The Trump administration has formally notified the United Nations of its demand for all U.N. sanctions on Iran to be restored, citing significant Iranian violations of the 2015 nuclear deal. (Mike Segar/Pool via AP)


Iran’s envoy to the United Nations told the Security Council Wednesday that an essential condition for reviving the 2015 nuclear deal is a commitment by the US that it will never again unilaterally pull out of the agreement.

Ambassador Majid Takht Ravanchi said such assurances were needed to build confidence in US and European adherence to the deal, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and enable the economic benefits that the deal is supposed to bring to his country.

Former US president Donald Trump withdrew from the accord in 2018 and reapplied sanctions that have crippled Iran’s economy. Iran responded by dropping some of its own commitments to the deal, which was also signed by Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China.

Ravanchi also called on the council to hold Israel to account for “adventuristic practices” in allegedly targeting elements of the Iranian nuclear program, according to a readout of his comments by Iran’s mission to the UN and reported by Iran’s Mehr news agency.

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