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Sunday Telegraph quoted Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters in New York, said that his country had ratified immediately "additional protocol" which gives inspectors the United Nations more ways to verify the peaceful nuclear program if Washington abandons sanctions against Tehran.
"If (President Donald) Trump wants more for more, we can believe in the Additional Protocol and he can lift the sanctions he imposed," Zarif said.
A US official said Iran was seeking to ease the sanctions without giving anything in return, noting that Iran was already implementing the protocol and it was not clear what Zarif's compromise was in the proposal.
"Their entire maneuver is just an attempt to obtain any possible mitigation of sanctions while retaining their ability to have a nuclear weapon in the future," said the official, who asked not to be named.
"Iran is trying to show a small step" as a big concession and noted that the Iranian proposal would not stop uranium enrichment and would not change anything about Iran's support for its proxies in Yemen, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon.
The Additional Protocol increases the ability of the International Atomic Energy Agency to verify the peacefulness of nuclear installations through inspections and other means.
Under the nuclear deal signed by Iran in 2015 with six world powers and Trump pulled out last year, Tehran must also seek ratification of the additional protocol eight years after the signing of the nuclear deal at the same time that the United States is committed to the final abolition of many of the sanctions imposed on Tehran .