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VI­ENNA: Iran de­cided not to es­ca­late a stand­off over the ex­ten­sion of U.S. sanc­tions at a meet­ing of diplo­mats over­see­ing the nu­clear deal it reached with world pow­ers in 2015, se­nior Rus­sian and Ira­nian diplo­mats said af­ter the ses­sion Tues­day. Tehran threat­ened last month to re­tal­i­ate against a U.S. ex­ten­sion of the Iran Sanc­tions Act, say­ing it vi­o­lated the land­mark agree­ment reached with six ma­jor pow­ers un­der which the Is­lamic Repub­lic curbed its dis­puted nu­clear pro­gram in ex­change for re­lief from in­ter­na­tional sanc­tions. “Iran ex­plained its con­cern on the ex­ten­sion of the Iran Sanc­tions Act ... as be­ing a rein­tro­duc­tion of sanc­tions. I think the joint com­mis­sion took Iran’s con­cern very se­ri­ously,” Ab­bas Araqchi, Iran’s top nu­clear ne­go­tia­tor, told re­porters. The bill ex­tend­ing U.S. sanc­tions against Iran for 10 years be­came law in De­cem­ber, but U.S. of­fi­cials said its pas­sage would not af­fect im­ple­men­ta­tion of the nu­clear ac­cord. The Euro­pean Union lifted all nu­clear-re­lated eco­nomic and fi­nan­cial sanc­tions on Iran. –

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