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A top advisor to the Leader said on Thursday Tehran will not accept any change to its nuclear deal, as western signatories prepare a new package in the hope of persuading US President Donald Trump to stick with the accord.

A May 12 deadline is looming for Trump to decide on whether to reimpose US economic sanctions on Tehran. French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday he had discussed a “new deal” with Trump in which the United States and Europe would tackle outstanding concerns about Iran beyond its nuclear program, Reuters reported

“If Trump exits the deal, Iran will surely pull out of it ... Iran will not accept a nuclear deal with no benefits for us,” Ali Akbar Velayati also told journalists.

Under Macron’s proposal, the United States and Europe would agree to block any Iranian nuclear activity until 2025 and beyond, address Iran’s ballistic missile program and generate conditions for a political solution to contain Iran in Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.

Trump has said that unless European allies fix the “terrible flaws” in the Iran nuclear deal by May 12, he will refuse to extend US sanctions relief on oil-producing Iran.


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