Woman shop in an Iranian market in 2020
Woman shop in an Iranian market in 2020
Photo: Reuters
The Abadan oil refinery in southwest Iran

UN chief urges U.S. to remove Iran sanctions as agreed in 2015

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says the move could facilitate return to 2015 nuclear deal, which he claims is the only way to ensure Islamic Republic's nuclear program remains for peaceful purposes

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Updated: 06.30.21, 08:39
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appealed to U.S. President Joe Biden's administration to lift or waive all sanctions on Iran as agreed under a 2015 deal aimed at stopping Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon.
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  • In a report to the UN Security Council, Guterres also urged the United States to "extend the waivers with regard to the trade in oil with the Islamic Republic of Iran, and fully renew waivers for nuclear non-proliferation projects."
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    The Abadan oil refinery in southwest Iran
    The Abadan oil refinery in southwest Iran
    The Abadan oil refinery in southwest Iran
    (Photo: Reuters)
    The 15-member council will on Tuesday discuss the secretary-general's biannual report on the implementation of a 2015 resolution that enshrines the nuclear deal between Iran, the United States, France, Britain, Germany, Russia and China.
    Guterres' appeal to Washington comes amid talks to revive the deal - known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action - under which Iran accepted curbs on its nuclear program in return for a lifting of many foreign sanctions against it.
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    Woman shop in an Iranian market in 2020
    Woman shop in an Iranian market in 2020
    Woman shop in an Iranian market in 2020
    (Photo: Reuters)
    Former U.S. President Donald Trump abandoned the pact in 2018 and re-imposed harsh sanctions, prompting Tehran to start violating some of the nuclear limits in 2019.
    "I appeal to the United States to lift or waive its sanctions outlined in the plan," said Guterres, who also appealed to Iran to return to full implementation of the deal.
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    An Iranian Uranium enrichment facility
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    Iran has refined uranium up to a purity of roughly 60%, far above the deal's limit of 3.67% and much closer to the 90% suitable for atom bomb cores, though it maintains that it seeks only civilian nuclear power and could quickly reverse its moves if Washington rescinded sanctions and returned to the 2015 deal.
    Guterres said: "I continue to believe that a full restoration of the Plan remains the best way to ensure that the nuclear program of the Islamic Republic of Iran remains exclusively peaceful."

    First published: 08:36, 06.30.21
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