The Strategist

Iran abandons several of its main demands for the nuclear deal

08/24/2022 - 10:03

An unnamed senior U.S. official told Reuters that Iran withdrew some of its primary demands during discussions on the continuation of the 2015 nuclear deal. Tehran, in particular, is no longer insisting that specific inspections of its nuclear program be stopped by international inspectors, the source said.

Blondinrikard Fröberg
Blondinrikard Fröberg
The parties have received a draft of a new agreement from the European Union, on which the United States is required to comment. Tehran believes that Washington is compromising, but Iran is also following suit.

The Reuters source states that "they went back [to the discussions] last week and largely removed the main barriers to a settlement." He claims that Iran is close to accepting provisions in an agreement that Vice President Joe Biden of the United States can also accept.

In this context, the Iranian Foreign Ministry declined to respond to Reuters. The European Union and the United States were accused of "procrastination" on the agreement on August 22 by Nasser Kanaani, a spokeswoman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry. Ned Price, a spokesman for the U.S. State Department, said that this was untrue.

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, an elite military and political body in Iran, has ceased seeking to be removed from the United States' list of foreign terrorist groups, he added, which indicates that Iran has modified its negotiation position. Reuters claims that once Iran's request was rejected, it requested removal of at least a few enterprises connected to the Corps from the list, but Washington refused again.