US extends key sanctions waivers on Iran civilian nuclear programme

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

The US extended key sanctions waivers on Iran's civilian nuclear programme on Friday, a day before they were due to expire, but two waivers are not being renewed, news wires reported.

The waivers allow for work to continue at the Arak, Fordow and Bushehr power plants and facilities. The extensions are for 90 days and are renewable, the State Department said in a statement. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the two waivers not being extended affect the transfer of enriched uranium out of Iran in exchange for natural uranium, and Iran's ability to move out heavy water.

The decision would likely be welcomed by Russia and European nations, who have been upset by Washington's unilateral withdrawal in November from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

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