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Tehran May Quit Nuke Deal in Coming Weeks - Deputy Foreign Minister

© REUTERS / Marius BoschA view shows Tehran's skyline at night with the Milad tower, the sixth tallest tower in the world, Iran May 3, 2016
A view shows Tehran's skyline at night with the Milad tower, the sixth tallest tower in the world, Iran May 3, 2016 - Sputnik International
Tehran has been earlier saying it would be complying with the nuclear deal, signed in 2015 in Vienna by Iran, the European Union, China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Germany, despite the US decision to withdraw from the agreement.

According to the Persian-language version of the Euronews website, Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi on Friday said he does not rule out Tehran's withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan (JCPOA) in the coming weeks.

"I cannot say that the prospect of the continuation of negotiations with Europe is clear and can lead us to achieve a joint package for saving the JCPOA," Araqchi noted, adding that the deal was "in the intensive care unit" as a result of the "US withdrawal."

The announcement comes after Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote in an article on Wednesday Tehran would return to the negotiating table with the United States if it sticks to the 2015 nuclear pact, which requires Tehran to maintain a peaceful nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

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According to the Tasnim news agency, Zarif to attend Iranian parliament on Tuesday in order to brief the lawmakers on the issue.

In May US President Donald Trump pulled out of the JCPOA. The step was taken despite Iran was proved by the international organizations to be in compliance with the deal. Other countries, including Russia, China, France, Germany and the UK refused to withdraw from the deal, confirming their commitment to the JCPOA.

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