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Iran Says to Return to Nuclear Deal Only Under Oil Credit Line

Iran Says to Return to Nuclear Deal Only Under Oil Credit Line

Wednesday, 4 September, 2019 - 05:15
Abbas Araqchi talks to journalists after meeting senior officials from the United States, Russia, China, Britain, Germany and France in a hotel in Vienna, Austria, October 19, 2015. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader

A senior Iranian foreign ministry official confirmed on Wednesday that Tehran would return to its nuclear deal commitment only if it got $15 billion for oil sales over four months, as stipulated in a draft French plan to salvage the accord.


France has proposed offering Iran about $15 billion in credit lines until year-end if Tehran comes fully back into compliance with its 2015 nuclear deal, a move that hinges on Washington not blocking it.


"Our return to the full implementation of the nuclear accord is subject to the receipt of $15 billion over a four-month period, otherwise the process of reducing Iran's commitments will continue," Fars news agency quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi as saying.


"Either Europe has to buy oil from Iran or provide Iran with the equivalent of selling oil as a credit line guaranteed by Iran's oil revenues, which in some sense means a pre-sale of oil," Araqchi added.


Iran's vital oil sales have plummeted since the United States withdrew from the nuclear deal last year and reimposed sanctions on Tehran.


But Araqchi said there were still "serious disagreements on the agenda" of any future talks between Iran and its nuclear deal partners.


Shortly after, state-run Press TV said that Iran has rejected an offer of a $15 billion loan by European countries aimed at protecting its economy from sanctions reimposed by the US.


"Iran has rejected a $15 billion loan offered by the EU," reported the English-language TV, without elaborating.


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