Iran rejects U.S. conditions for upholding nuclear deal

Source: Xinhua| 2018-02-25 01:39:24|Editor: Chengcheng
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TEHRAN, Feb. 24 (Xinhua) -- Iranian foreign minister on Saturday rejected as "improper" the conditions set by the United States for upholding Iran's international nuclear agreement, Press TV reported on Saturday.

The United States as a party to the multilateral 2015 agreement cannot reset conditions for the deal, Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted as saying.

"They have previously set some conditions that were improper. Their new conditions are improper as well," Zarif said.

On Friday, western media reported that the U.S. President Donald Trump "laid out six major areas where he wanted the Europeans to work with the United States to put together a united front on demanding that the Iranians alter their behavior."

They include "alleged" human rights violations, cyber threats and financial activities of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), the reports said.

Trump had earlier demanded the nuclear deal be altered to eliminate sunset clauses for some of the restrictions it places on Iran, and harden the inspection rules and to limit development of Iran's long-range missiles.

The United States is attempting to elude its commitments through making such demands, Zarif said, adding that "The Americans set conditions that the international community completely knows none of them can even be considered."

Trump has constantly criticized the pact inked between Iran and Russia, Britain, France, China, the U.S. and Germany, in which the West promised to relieve sanctions on Tehran in exchange for a halt in Iran's efforts to develop a nuclear weapon.

Iran said it will not take any measures beyond its commitment to the JCPOA, nor will it accept changes to this agreement now or any time in the future.

Iran has threatened to likely withdraw from the nuclear deal if it cannot receive economic benefits.