Iran Partly Pulls Back From Nuclear Deal, Russia Blames Trump Administration

(AP) – Iran says it will no longer fully comply with the nuclear deal it signed with the U.S. and five other nations. Today’s announcement comes one year after President Trump pulled the U.S. out of the agreement.

Iran’s Supreme National Security Council said in a statement the Islamic Republic will no longer abide by limits on keeping enriched uranium and heavy water reserves.

Iran says the other nations that signed the 2015 agreement – Britain, Germany, China, Russia, and France – now have 60 days to ease restrictions on its banking and oil industries. The Trump administration is currently working to block all of Iran’s oil exports.

A Kremlin spokesman told reporters today that Iran was provoked by the U.S., and said Washington’s decision to pull out of the deal last year was “unthought-out.” The spokesman said Russia wants to keep the nuclear deal alive and that its diplomats were doing all they could behind the scenes to try and save it.

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