Iran’s Rouhani says no talks with US until sanctions lifted

  1. Iranian president has ruled out meeting US President until the US lifts sanctions on Iran.
  2. This statement came after French President has said that he would try to arrange a meeting between US President and Iran to ease the strained relationship between the two countries.
  3. The US and Iran have been locked in a stand-off since US unilaterally withdrew the US from the 2015 nuclear accord Iran signed with world powers and imposed crippling sanctions. 
  4. However,the other five nations including France has remained committed to the deal but Iran has started to increase its nuclear activity in response to the US reinstating economic sanctions.
  5. Hence,French President has urged US President to offer some sort of relief to Iran such as lifting sanctions on oil sales to China and India or establishing a new credit line to enable exports.
  6. Iran Nuclear deal was signed in 2015 between Iran and the P5+1 group (US,UK, France, Russia, China and Germany).It restricts Iran’s nuclear programme in return for lifting most economic sanctions against it.
  7. The key provisions of the nuclear deal are (a)Limits on uranium enrichment (b)Limits on number of nuclear centrifuges (centrifuge is a device used to enrich uranium) (c)Restrictions on plutonium enrichment (d)Allowing International Atomic Energy Agency(IAEA) for inspections.