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Iran seeks ‘details’ of Russian demands on nuclear deal

Iran says it is awaiting “details” of Russia’s demands for US guarantees on restoring Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, but blames Washington for talks dragging on.

Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Saturday that, before backing the Iran nuclear deal, Moscow wants written assurances from Washington that Western sanctions imposed on it over the Ukraine war will not affect its economic and military cooperation with Tehran.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Sunday dismissed these demands as “irrelevant.” Sanctions on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine “have nothing to do with the Iran nuclear deal,” he said on CBS talk show “Face the Nation.”

Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh says “we have also seen and heard Mr Lavrov’s remarks in the media.

“We are waiting to hear the details of that through diplomatic channels,” he adds during his weekly news conference.

“Iran’s peaceful nuclear cooperation should not be affected or restricted by any sanctions, including Iran’s peaceful nuclear cooperation with Russia” and other countries, he says.

Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh during an interview, November 2020 (video screenshot)

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