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Iran to Europe: help us or nuke deal could die

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Published on May 8, 2019 - Duration: 01:47s

Iran to Europe: help us or nuke deal could die

Iran says it could walk away from much of its nuclear deal with international powers if Europe doesn't help it to cope with U.S. sanctions.

Francesca Lynagh reports.

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Iran to Europe: help us or nuke deal could die

Iran says it's scrapping some of its commitments to the 2015 nuclear pact -- one year after President Trump withdrew from the agreement.

Iran's president said on Wednesday (May 8) it will start rolling back promises to stop selling its enriched uranium and heavy water abroad, and keep it in Iran instead.

Rouhani also issued an ultimatum to the remaining members of the pact: Make good on your promises -- within the next 60 days -- or the country will revive high-level uranium enrichment.

Iran wants the five remaining signatories to protect Iran's oil and banking interests against U.S. sanctions.

Since the U.S. pulled out of the deal, it has restored and extended its sanctions on Iran, and any country that buys Iranian oil.

Washington's allies in Europe -- who want to keep the deal alive -- have struggled to contain the economic impact of that move, while urging Iran to keep complying with the deal.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a surprise visit to Iraq on Tuesday, and accused Iran of posing a credible threat to U.S. forces in the region.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE POMPEO SAYING: "The message that we've sent to the Iranians, I hope, puts us in a position where we can deter and the Iranians will think twice about attacking American interests." Under the agreement, Iran agreed to curbs on its nuclear program in return for a lifting of international sanctions.

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Inspectors have said Iran has continued to comply with the deal, even after the U.S. withdrawal.

But Wednesday's news could throw the pact deeper into crisis.

France warned Iran could face more sanctions if it doesn't hold up its part of the deal.

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