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After 16 months of negotiations to revive the Iranian nuclear deal, the Iranian foreign minister said on Monday that many issues need to be resolved before the country can reach a final agreement.
The European Union had imposed a deadline on Monday for world powers to agree on the “final text” of the agreement, which would essentially grant Iran relief from sanctions in exchange for reducing the country’s nuclear program.
State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Monday that Iran must abandon “extraneous” demands in negotiations, including the lifting of sanctions for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.
“The only way to achieve a mutual return to compliance with the [Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action] is that Iran releases further unacceptable requests that go beyond the scope of the JCPOA, “Price said at a news conference.
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Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said on Monday that there are three issues that still need to be resolved.
“We have shown enough flexibility,” Amirabdollahian said, according to Reuters. “We don’t want to reach an agreement that after 40 days, two months or three months it won’t be [materialized] on the ground.”
EU negotiators also rejected Iranian demands that the International Atomic Energy Agency will launch an investigation into traces of uranium found in undeclared facilities.
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Former President Donald Trump withdrew from the original 2015 nuclear deal in 2018 and re-imposed harsh sanctions on Iran, which responded by violating the restrictions of the Uranium Enrichment Pact.
Republican lawmakers in the United States have called on the Biden administration to halt negotiations with Iran following the attack on Salman Rushdie in New York last year and a plot by a member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to assassinate the former adviser. for the national security of the Trump administration John Bolton. Rushdie had to face a fatwa calling for his death from Ayatollah Khomeini, the late ruler of Iran, since 1989.
Reuters contributed to this report.