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‘Not constructive’: US disappointed with Iran’s latest response to nuclear deal

In its fight to renew the nuclear deal with Iran, the US has expressed disappointment with Tehran’s latest response. “We can confirm that we have received Iran’s response through the European Union,” a US State Department spokesman said in Washington on Thursday evening (local time). “We are looking into it and will respond via the EU, but unfortunately it is not constructive.”

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On August 8, the EU submitted a draft “final text” for a new deal with Iran. Iran responded with proposed changes, to which Washington responded with proposals of its own.

“We have carefully examined the US response to the EU’s compromise proposal and communicated our position to the EU,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Khanani said in Tehran on Friday (local time). According to various media reports, he did not give any details. He called the proposal “constructive.” Target Final Agreement.

A spokesperson for the US State Department has now confirmed this response. In Washington, due to the 8.5 hour time difference, it’s still Thursday. EU foreign policy chief Joseph Borrell on Wednesday expressed hope that a new version of the nuclear deal could be concluded “in the coming days”.

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The 2015 Iran nuclear deal was intended to limit Iran’s nuclear program and ensure the country would not develop nuclear weapons. It was negotiated by the United States, China, Russia, Germany, France, Great Britain and Iran.

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However, the US unilaterally withdrew from the deal in 2018 under its then-president Donald Trump, after which Iran also gradually abandoned its obligations under the deal. Trump’s successor, Joe Biden, is aiming to renew the deal, but negotiations are more complicated. (AFP/dpa)