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Iran Lawmakers Want Guarantees that West Won’t Exit Any Revived Nuclear Deal

Iran’s lawmakers also made it a condition that a return to the deal should only go ahead if all sanctions on Iran are lifted.
FILE - Participants listen to a speaker during the swearing-in ceremony of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi at the parliament in Tehran, Iran, Aug. 5, 2021.
FILE – Participants listen to a speaker during the swearing-in ceremony of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi at the parliament in Tehran, Iran, Aug. 5, 2021.

Iranian lawmakers have urged President Ebrahim Raisi to obtain guarantees from the United States and three European countries that they won’t exit the nuclear deal being renegotiated in Vienna, Iranian state media reported on Sunday.

In a letter to Raisi, they stated that the United States and European parties to the nuclear deal — Britain, France, and Germany — should also guarantee that they would not trigger the “snapback mechanism” under which sanctions on Iran would be immediately reinstated if it violates nuclear compliance.

“We have to learn a lesson from past experiences and put a red line on the national interest by not committing to any agreement without obtaining necessary guarantees first,” lawmakers said in the letter.

The statement was signed by 250 out of 290 Iranian parliamentarians.

It comes as negotiators from Iran and the remaining parties to the agreement — Britain, France, Germany, Russia, and China — are working to revive a 2015 deal, which granted Iran sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program.

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