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Iran sends ‘constructive’ response to US offers on nuclear deal

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Iran sends ‘constructive’ response to US offers on nuclear deal

Tehran’s response was sent to EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, state media report, aimed at reviving Tehran’s 2015 accord with world powers.

Iran sends ‘constructive’ response to US offers on nuclear deal
“The text that was sent (by Iran) has a constructive approach aimed at finalising the negotiations,” says Foreign Ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanaani.
(AP Archive)

Iran has sent a “constructive”
response to US proposals aimed at reviving Tehran’s 2015
nuclear deal with world powers.

“The text that was sent (by Iran) has a constructive approach aimed at finalising the negotiations,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanaani was quoted by state media as saying on Thursday.

The report said Iran’s response was sent to EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell, who has been coordinating the
negotiations. 

It gave no further details.

After 16 months of indirect talks between Tehran and
Washington, Borrell said on August 8 that the EU had laid down a final
offer to overcome an impasse for the revival of the agreement.

Iran needs stronger guarantees from Washington for the
revival of a 2015 nuclear deal, its foreign minister said on
Wednesday, adding that the UN atomic watchdog should drop its
“politically motivated probes” of Tehran’s nuclear
work.

US, Israel on Iran’s programme

The nuclear deal appeared near revival in March. 

But indirect talks between Tehran and Washington then broke down over several issues.

Iran’s arch-rival Israel opposes a return to the 2015 deal, which imposed curbs on Iran’s nuclear weapons programme in exchange for the lifting of US, European Union and United Nations sanctions on Tehran.

US ally Israel considers Iran to be its greatest enemy, citing its nuclear programme, though Tel Aviv is believed to possess nearly 100 nuclear warheads.

US President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid in July signed a joint pledge to deny Iran nuclear arms, a show of unity between allies long divided over diplomacy with Tehran. 

But Lapid said last week that if the 2015 deal is revived, Israel will not be bound by it.
Source: Reuters


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