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US Reportedly Tells Jewish Leaders Sanctions to Be Kept Until Iran’s Nuclear Programme ‘Back in Box’

The remaining signatories to the Iran nuclear deal are currently engaged in talks with Tehran in order to organise Washington’s return to the agreement. The US and Iran, however, have so far been in disagreement regarding the order of returning to compliance, as Iran insists the US must lift sanctions first.

US National Security Council coordinator for the Middle East Brett McGurk has promised “American Jewish leaders” that the US will not lift sanctions on Iran until it verifies that the Islamic Republic has limited its nuclear programme, Israeli news outlet Forward reported citing anonymous participants of a conference call. He reportedly assured them that Washington is “not going to pay anything up front just to get a process going”.

“We have to see from the Iranians a fundamental commitment and agreement to put their nuclear programme back in a box that we can fully inspect and observe […] Until we get somewhere and until we have a firm commitment, and it’s very clear that Iran’s nuclear programme is going to be capped, the problematic aspects reversed and back in a box, we are not going to take any of the pressure off”, the official reportedly said.

According to the media, McGurk added that the ongoing talks on the 2015 nuclear deal (officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) still have “a very long way to go”, explaining that the “process is complicated”.

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