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Europeans reject “ultimatums” from Iran as it eases nuclear curbs

The European signatories to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal have rejected a 60 day deadline for limiting the impact of US sanctions on Iran. Earlier this week, Iran said that it is scaling back some of the commitments it made under the deal and threatened to resume enriching high level uranium unless the current signatories to the deal would fulfill their promise of protecting Iran’s finance and oil sectors from US sanctions.

In a joint statement, the foreign ministers of the European Union, Britain, France and Germany rejected the ultimatum, but mentioned that they “are determined to continue pursuing efforts to enable the continuation of legitimate trade with Iran.” They also expressed disappointment about the US sanctions, which were reimposed when the US abandoned the nuclear deal last year.

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