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EU, Iran announce proposal to reach JCPOA-revival deal
Talks between Iran and the remaining signatories of the 2015 nuclear deal stalled in recent months as the White House refused to remove the IRGC from its terrorism blacklist
By News Desk - July 27 2022
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The EU’s Foreign Policy Chief, Josep Borrell, revealed on 26 July he proposed a new draft to revive the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

“I have now put on the table a text that addresses, in precise detail, the sanctions lifting as well as the nuclear steps needed to restore the JCPOA,” Borrell wrote in an essay in the Financial Times.

He added that after 15 months of “constructive negotiations” and several interactions between the US and the remaining JCPOA signatories, there is no space for additional “significant compromises.”

Iran’s lead nuclear negotiator, Ali Bagheri Kani, confirmed Borrell’s recent proposal, saying: “We, too, have our own ideas, both in substance & form, to conclude the negotiations which would be shared.”

On 25 July, US State Department spokesperson Ned Price claimed that the initiative to revive the JCPOA is “dependent on Iran’s cooperation,” stating that Washington is ready to move forward with the negotiations once Tehran is “ready to engage constructively.”

Following Washington’s unilateral exit from the deal in 2018, Iran exercised “strategic patience” for a year, eventually scaling back its commitments in 2019.

Nonetheless, the Islamic Republic maintained its “remedial measures” on the condition that other parties would fulfill their commitments to the JCPOA, according to Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani.

Earlier this week, Iran confirmed that a number of cameras installed by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as a measure beyond the safeguard agreement will remain turned off until the JCPOA is restored.

Earlier this month, US President Biden said he was ready to put a definite end to sanctions-removal talks with Iran in order to keep the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on the “terrorism” blacklist.

The White House’s refusal to remove the IRGC from its list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO) has reportedly been a major hurdle in reviving the deal.

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