Iran pulling out of nuclear deal commitment after U.S. strike that killed Soleimani

Jan. 5, 2020, 1:31 PM EST / Updated Jan. 5, 2020, 3:34 PM EST
By Max Burman and The Associated Press

State TV reported that Iran will no longer restrict uranium enrichment, part of the 2015 deal limiting its nuclear program in exchange for easing sanctions.

Iran said Sunday that it was ending its commitment to limit enrichment of uranium as part of its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, more fallout from the U.S. strike that killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the deal in May 2018, renewing tensions that reached new heights after Friday’s air strike.

State television reported Sunday that Iran will no longer abide by the deal, which restricted nuclear development in exchange for the easing of crippling economic sanctions.

The agreement limited Tehran’s uranium enrichment, the amount of enriched uranium it could stockpile and nuclear research and development.

The United States’ European allies have tried to salvage the deal despite Trump’s decision to withdraw and reimpose sanctions, but Iran has gradually reduced its commitments, and the announcement Sunday leaves the agreement in tatters.


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