Iran may shut down nuclear facility if West lifts sanctions
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani may be willing to shut down the nuclear facility in Fordow, if the West agrees to remove all sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic, intelligence sources told German newspaper Der Spiegel in a report on Monday.
The sanctions imposed by Washington amid a dispute over Tehran's nuclear program have restricted U.S. entities' trade with and provision of services to Iran.
Hossein Mousavian, former spokesman for Iran’s nuclear negotiators, announced the news in an opinion published by the Jordan Times.
According to the intelligence sources speaking to Der Spiegel, Rouhani could also be willing to allow international inspectors to monitor the dismantling of the Fordow reactor, located near the city of Qom.
The recent election of centrist cleric Rouhani has raised hopes of a settlement and lifting of some sanctions in the country, which have been criticized by Iranian officials and opposition figures alike.
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