Iran candidate: Nuclear deal failed to lift sanctions

2017-04-23 17:27
Conservative Iranian presidential candidate Mostafa Mirsalim speaks in a news conference in Tehran. (Vahid Salemi, AP)

Conservative Iranian presidential candidate Mostafa Mirsalim speaks in a news conference in Tehran. (Vahid Salemi, AP)

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Tehran - An Iranian presidential candidate says the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers has failed to lift sanctions or improve the country's economy.

Mostafa Mirsalim, a conservative, said on Sunday that President Hassan Rouhani's outreach to the West had failed, adding that "sanctions remained in place and were even intensified".

Under the nuclear deal, international sanctions were lifted in exchange for Iran curbing its uranium enrichment, but separate US sanctions related to Iran's ballistic missile programme have since been tightened.

Mirsalim said that, if elected, he would abide by the nuclear deal.

But he said US President Donald Trump's administration had already undermined the agreement, without elaborating.

Rouhani is the front-runner in the May election, in which he will face off against five candidates.

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