A US official told Reuters on Monday that an agreement to revive the Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), is closer now since Tehran has conceded on some of its key demands.
The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that Iran dropped its demand to lift the designation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization and its demand for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to stop its investigation into traces of uranium at undeclared Iranian nuclear sites.
“[Iran] came back last week and basically dropped the main hang-ups to a deal,” the official said. “We think they have finally crossed the Rubicon and moved toward possibly getting back into the deal on terms that President Biden can accept. If we are closer today, it’s because Iran has moved. They conceded on issues that they have been holding onto from the beginning.”
Iran dropping its demand on the IRGC designation is a major concession since the measure involves sweeping US sanctions on all current and former IRGC members. Tehran was said to have dropped the IRGC demand back in June.
Iran has always maintained that it would bring its nuclear program back into the limits of the JCPOA if the US lifts all Trump-era sanctions that came after the US withdrew from the deal in 2018. But the Biden administration refused, which dragged out the negotiations.
The US is currently reviewing Iran’s response to an EU proposal to revive the JCPOA. The EU’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrel has said Tehran’s response was “reasonable” and is hoping that the US will respond this week.
Borrel said Tuesday that most countries involved with the JCPOA talks agree with the EU’s proposal to salvage the agreement. “Most of them agree, but I still don’t have the answer from the United States, who I understand have to discuss it, and we expect during this week to receive an answer,” he said.
9 thoughts on “US Official Says Nuclear Deal Closer After Iran Made Concessions”
US is procrastinating for some ulterior reason(s)…!
Heard it all before for the last year and a half…
Just a stall tactics until they next administration scraps everything. Iran is headed for another disappointment.
As in all things, we’ll see. Hopefully Benny Gantz will be met with blank stares and locked doors in D.C. on his last-minute trip to derail the talks.
I wish. It is more likely to be worshipful audience and no Deal finished.
The question is how long will the deal last before a US President scraps it like Trump did .
Please, don’t say that… I am so happy about this possibility, I just want to see it happen… I am very proud of Iran.
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There is a God! Best news I’ve heard all year.
Thanks for the laugh…
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