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On 5 September, Iran rejected US accusations that its latest position on nuclear deal negotiations are “unconstructive.”
Speaking to reporters, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Nasser Kanaani remarked that Tehran responded constructively to the US as part of negotiations aimed at restoring their 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which the US unilaterally exited from in 2018 before launching a so-called “maximum pressure” sanctions campaign on Iran.
“We believe Iran’s response has been constructive, transparent and legal, and can create the grounds for a conclusion of the talks and for an agreement in a short amount of time if there is also mutual political will,” Kanaani said.
After 16 months of talks between Tehran and the remaining signatories of the JCPOA, on 8 August, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell announced that a final proposal had been drafted to revive the deal and welcome Washington back into the fold.
On 5 September, US President Joe Biden told Israeli officials that a revived nuclear deal with Iran wouldn’t prevent Tel Aviv from attacking Iranian nuclear sites or targets inside Syria.
“Israel is entitled to defend itself without any limitations,” Biden told Israeli interim Prime Minister Yair Lapid recently, according to an unnamed US official who spoke with the Wall Street Journal (WSJ).
Biden’s support for Israeli attacks on regional countries such as Syria and Iraq comes as officials from Tel Aviv have increased their efforts to sabotage the revival of the deal.