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    US must first lift all sanctions before Iran reverts to 2015 nuclear deal – Supreme Leader

    If the West wants Iran to fully return to the 2015 nuclear deal, the United States must first lift all sanctions, Iran’s Supreme Leader said on Sunday. , Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the official news agency reported.

    “If they want Iran to return to the JCPOA (Common Comprehensive Plan of Action), the United States must first lift all the sanctions, not orally but in writing,” Mr. Khamenei at an event with the Iranian Army Air Force commanders.

    Iran will then check whether the sanctions have been lifted and, once it has made sure that this is the case, it will revert to its obligations at the JCPOA, he added.

    The Iranian Supreme Leader has let it be known that this is Iran’s final official policy, a consensus on which its political leaders have agreed and which will not be changed in any way.

    The United States and the European parties to the agreement have violated all of their commitments and therefore do not have the right to impose conditions, Khamenei continued.

    Only Iran has the right to define conditions for the agreement because it has “fulfilled all its obligations from the start”, he insisted.

    The JCPOA was concluded in 2015 between Iran and several world powers, namely the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia, France, China, as well as Germany and the European Union. Under the deal, Tehran agreed to back down on parts of its nuclear program in exchange for lower economic sanctions.

    Washington withdrew from the deal and again imposed sanctions on Iran in 2018, then Tehran began to stop implementing some of its commitments at the JCPOA.

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