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Iran dismisses ‘desperate’ US move to end nuclear waivers

Tehran Tehran on Thursday dismissed the impact of what it called Washington’s “desperate attempt” to end sanction waivers for nations that remain in the Iran nuclear accord.
The Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran said the United States had made the move in a bid “to distract public opinion from its continued defeats at the hands of Iran”.
“Ending waivers for nuclear cooperation with Iran... has effectively no impact on Iran’s continued work” on what the Islamic republic insists is a purely civilian nuclear energy programme, its spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi added in a statement published on the agency’s website.
The US decision, he said, was in response to Iranian fuel shipments to Venezuela -- which is also under US sanctions -- and the “significant advancements of Iran’s nuclear industry”. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that the United States was responding to Iran’s “brinksmanship” -- its scrapping of certain nuclear commitments aimed at pressuring Washington to remove sanctions as called for by the 2015 accord. (AFP)