US State Department says Iran’s reaction to nuclear deal is ‘unconstructive’

A US State Department spokesman said the United States has received Iran’s response to the EU’s 2015 renewal request and will formulate its own response.

“We are studying it and will respond through the EU, but, unfortunately, this is not constructive,” a State Department spokesman said.

Iran forwarded its response to the EU on Thursday after careful scrutiny, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani said in a Telegram statement.

“The sent text has a constructive approach with the aim of completing the negotiations,” the statement said.

CNN has reached out to the EU for comment.

In early August, EU officials sent the US and Iran what they called the “final text” of a revived deal to curb Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.
Since then, Iran and the US have exchanged views on the full implementation of the nuclear pact, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian reiterated this week that a United Nations nuclear watchdog investigation of traces of uranium previously found at undeclared research facilities in Iran must be closed before Tehran agrees to return to agreement.

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director general Rafael Grossi told CNN last week that his organization would not close the investigation until it received answers from Iran.
Amir-Abdollahian said at a press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Wednesday that Iran is also seeking “a tougher text on guarantees,” without naming the specific guarantees Tehran is seeking.

US officials have previously expressed some optimism about the latest efforts to revive the nuclear deal, which the US abandoned in 2018 under the Trump administration and which Tehran has increasingly violated since then. However, they also stressed that differences remain between the two sides.

He is also expected to face significant domestic opposition from US congressional lawmakers and has been condemned by Israel, whose prime minister said he “will act to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear power.” Nuclear deal talks are also taking place amid lingering concerns about threats from Iran and Iranian-backed military groups.

Biden administration officials have previously said that Tehran has abandoned a number of demands that were contained in earlier drafts of text to restore the 2015 deal, including the stipulation that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) be delisted as a foreign terrorist organization.

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