6 February 2023

The U.S. State Department notified Congress of extending sanctions waivers for civil nuclear projects, while reportedly imposing “certain sanctions on Russia’s construction of two new Iranian nuclear power plants”. “Narrowing the waiver this way”, the notification read, “meets important nonproliferation and nuclear safety interests of the U.S. and the international community while not accommodating activities related to the construction of new reactor units at Bushehr that would expand Iran's nuclear program and further deepen cooperation between Iran and Russia at a time that Iran is providing lethal aid to Russia for use in its illegal invasion of Ukraine”.

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