Ankara [Turkey], Nov. 15 (ANI / Sputnik): Turkey urged the United States to lift the unilateral sanctions it has imposed on Iran, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Monday, calling the measures punitive against the eastern neighbor of his country of “inappropriate”.
“Unilateral sanctions against Iran are inappropriate, they must be lifted,” Cavusoglu said at a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart, Hossein Amirabdollahian, in Tehran.
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In 2015, Iran signed a nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with the P5 + 1 group, which includes the United States, China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, Germany and the European Union. This forced Tehran to curtail its nuclear program and drastically reduce its uranium reserves in exchange for sanctions relief, including the lifting of an arms embargo five years after the deal was struck.
In May 2018, the United States abandoned its conciliatory stance, pulling out of the JCPOA and implementing tough policies against Iran, prompting the latter to largely abandon its own obligations under the agreement.
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Since April, Vienna has hosted talks aimed at preventing the total collapse of the Iran nuclear deal. The sixth round of talks ended on June 20 and negotiations have since stalled.
In October, Tehran and Washington said they were ready to restart the Vienna talks as soon as possible. (ANI / Sputnik)
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