Iran Drops Call for IRGC Delisting to Be Part of Nuclear Deal

Focus is to make a nuclear deal

The US has ruled out removing the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) from the terror watchlist, and has used that refusal to stall the ongoing nuclear talks. Iran is trying to break that stalemate.

Iran has now formally dropped the conditions of IRGC delisting, and are interested in reviving the nuclear deal process, said to be very close to finalized, without that obstacle.

Iran had often suggested this was just a possible topic, and taking it off the table may allow the nuclear talks to progress for the first time in months.

The US has not publicly responded to the move yet, but has seemed to be content to present the talks as irrevocably stalled and practically dead, so it may take some time to convince them to return to the table.

Author: Jason Ditz

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