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Iran says it will return to nuclear deal if €14 bn credit line is accepted: IRNA

FILE PHOTO: French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian speaks during a news conference at the Itamaraty Palace in Brasilia
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By Cristina Abellan MatamorosEuronews with Reuters, IRNA
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Iran will return to nuclear deal only if the US accepts a €14 bn oil credit line proposed by France.


A senior Iranian official said on Wednesday that Tehran would return to the nuclear deal if the US accepts an oil credit line worth €14 billion floated by French officials. 

The Deputy Foreign Minister of Iran, Abbas Araghchi, told reporters that "if and only if Iran is allowed to sell its oil and use the income earned by oil exports without any limitation then Tehran would return to the nuclear deal," according to Iran's official news agency IRNA. 

Araghchi added, however, that Iran "would not renegotiate the nuclear deal."

On Tuesday, France proposed offering Iran credit lines worth about €14 billion until the end of the year in return for Tehran coming fully back into compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal. But the plan is yet to receive Washington's backing.

France's foreign minister on Tuesday said talks with Iran over the creation of credit lines guaranteed by Iranian oil revenues were continuing, and that the plan would ultimately hinge on the US not blocking it.

The idea is "to exchange a credit line guaranteed by oil in return for, one, a return to the JCPOA ( Iran nuclear deal) and two, security in the Gulf and the opening of negotiations on regional security and a post-2025 (nuclear programme)," Jean-Yves le Drian told reporters.

"All this (pre)supposes that President Trump issues waivers."

An Iranian delegation was in Paris on Monday, including oil and finance officials, to fine-tune details of credit lines that would give Iran some respite from sanctions that have crippled its economy and cut off its oil exports.

European and Iranian sources confirmed the €14 billion figure to Reuters.

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire will be in Washington on Tuesday in part to discuss the mechanism. One diplomat said that might be when the United States gives its response to French proposals.

At a G7 meeting in France last month, Trump appeared open to the idea of credit lines, although U.S. officials have since ruled out lifting sanctions.

Iran says it aims to keep the nuclear deal alive, but cannot abide by it indefinitely unless the European countries that signed it ensure it receives the promised economic benefits.

Tehran has called on the Europeans to accelerate their efforts to alleviate the impact of US sanctions. President Hassan Rouhani stressed on Tuesday that Iran would take its next step in scaling back its nuclear commitments by Thursday unless the Europeans keep their promises to salvage the deal.

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