Iran’s supreme leader sets out conditions for remaining in nuclear deal

24 May 2018
Tehran has created a list of demands which need to be met by European powers to prevent the country resuming uranium enrichment programme

Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei has announced a set of conditions for staying in the nuclear deal with world powers following the recent withdrawal of the US from the pact.

The conditions include protecting Iranian oil sales to Europe and for European banks to safeguard trade with Iran. Another condition is that the UK, France and Germany should pledge not to seek negotiations on Iran’s regional activities and ballistic missile programme, both of which were demanded by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on 21 May as a precursor for any new deal.

Khamenei said that if the three countries were unable to agree to these demands, Tehran would resume enriching uranium. The supreme leader also said that Iran would no longer have any relations with the US.

Only two earlier, US Secretary of State Pompeo announced that sanctions lifted after the 2015 deal would be re-imposed and that new measures could be imposed, resulting in the “strongest sanctions in history.”

Pompeo followed this with conditions that Iran would have to meet for a new deal to be agreed. These include the withdrawal of troops from Syria and an end to support for rebels in Yemen.

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