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The US cannot use its previous membership in the Iranian nuclear deal to try to impose a permanent arms embargo on Iran, AP reported referring to EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell.

The US withdrew from the deal in 2018 and renewed sanctions against Iran as part of the so-called “maximum pressure” campaign.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Ambassador to the UN Kelly Kraft said the extension of the permanent arms embargo is currently Washington’s top priority.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday after talks with Chinese FM Wang Yi, Borrell insisted that since the US had withdrawn from the nuclear deal, they could no longer claim to have a role in it.

“The United States has withdrawn from the JCPOA, and now they cannot claim that they are still part of the JCPOA in order to deal with this issue from the JCPOA agreement. They withdraw. It’s clear. They withdraw,” Borrell said.

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