Tehran makes Washington offer in return for lifting sanctions

Tehran makes Washington offer in return for lifting sanctions

Iran could immediately ratify a document prescribing more intrusive inspections of its nuclear program if the United States abandoned its economic sanctions, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in New York.

"If Trump wants more for more, we can ratify the Additional Protocol and he can lift the sanctions he set," the Guardian newspaper cited Zarif as saying.

However, since Iran is already implementing the protocol and has often offered in the past to ratify it, it was not clear that Zarif’s proposal constituted much of a concession, the newspaper wrote.

The document, known as the Additional Protocol, gives U.N. inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) more tools to verify that a nuclear program is peaceful.

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