Iran has reiterated its call for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to be removed from the US terrorist list in talks to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, dismissing media claims that Iran had withdrawn its demand.
Citing an informed source close to the Tehran negotiating team, the official IRNA news agency reported that Iran had not withdrawn calls for the IRGC to be removed from the list of US foreign terrorist organizations in the nuclear deal revival talks, the reported Xinhua News Agency.
The IRNA report was a response to the Wall Street Journal’s report that Tehran had dropped its claim on the IRGC issue.
The source dismissed the report as lacking credibility, stressing that Iran had shown its goodwill and determination to reach an agreement in the negotiations.
Iran signed the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), with world powers in July 2015, agreeing to curb its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions on the country. However, former US President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the deal and re-imposed unilateral sanctions on Tehran.
Talks to revive the JCPOA began in April 2021 in the Austrian capital Vienna, but were suspended in March due to political differences between Tehran and Washington.
Delegations from the remaining JCPOA signatories, as well as the US, are currently in Vienna for a new round of talks on revitalizing the agreement.
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