US ambassador: Iran should not be rewarded for 'nuclear extortion'

US ambassador: Iran should not be rewarded for 'nuclear extortion'

America's ambassador to international organizations in Vienna said Wednesday that Iran should not be rewarded for "nuclear extortion" after Tehran moved to enrich uranium beyond the limits of the 2015 nuclear deal, The Associated Press reported.

Jackie Wolcott, ambassador the Vienna Office of the United Nations and representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), told the IAEA that Iran’s “misbehavior” should “not be rewarded.”

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President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE pulled out of the internationally negotiated nuclear deal with Iran last year, imposing harsh sanctions on the nation.

The deal promised Iran sanctions relief in return for curbing its nuclear program.

Wolcott reiterated Wednesday that Washington believes the deal was ineffective, but remains “open to negotiation without preconditions.”

The IEAE, which measures Iran's deal compliance, said Monday that the Tehran had exceeded enrichment limits.

“Director General Yukiya Amano has informed the IAEA Board of Governors that Agency inspectors on 8 July verified that Iran is enriching uranium above 3.67% U-235,” the IAEA said in a statement Monday, although it didn't say to what purity level the country was enriching its uranium.