Iran sets 60-day deadline to remain in nuclear deal

Iran said Wednesday that it will stop exporting excess uranium and heavy water from its nuclear program and set a 60-day deadline for new terms to the deal before it will resume higher uranium enrichment.

The measures by Tehran come on the first anniversary of President Donald Trump withdrawing from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Actions (JCPOA) which followed with the re-imposition of sanctions in November described as one of the toughest-sanctioned regimes by administration hawks.

The 2015 deal saw sanctions on Iran lifted in exchange for limits on its nuclear program. After the U.S. withdrew from the accord it restored crippling sanctions on Iran, exacerbating a severe economic crisis.

Iran sent letters Wednesday on its decision to the leaders of Britain, China, the European Union, France and Germany via their ambassadors in Tehran. All were signatories to the nuclear deal and continue to support it. A letter also was given to Russia. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was to meet Wednesday in Moscow with his Russian counterpart.

“If the five countries join negotiations and help Iran to reach its benefits in the field of oil and banking, Iran will return to its commitments according to the nuclear deal,” Rouhani said.