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Iran nuclear deal

US slams Iran for not responding positively to EU efforts on nuclear deal

“In Doha, as before, Iran raised issues wholly unrelated to the JCPOA and apparently is not ready to make a fundamental decision on whether it wants to revive the deal or bury it,” a State Department official said.

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The US and Iran ended indirect talks on reviving the now-defunct 2015 nuclear deal on Wednesday without any breakthrough, according to officials, with Washington accusing Tehran of not being ready to “to revive the deal or bury it.”

“Two intense days of proximity talks in Doha on #JCPOA. Unfortunately, not yet the progress the EU team as coordinator had hoped for,” said Enrique Mora, the EU’s coordinator for the talks.

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Mora said he would keep working “with even greater urgency to bring back on track a key deal for non-proliferation and regional stability.”

The EU official and EU Foreign Policy chief Joseph Borrell had expressed optimism in recent days after they pitched to resume the stalled talks between Washington and Tehran.

A State Department official confirmed that the talks in Doha had ended and thanked the EU for its efforts. “We are disappointed that Iran has, yet again, failed to respond positively to the EU’s initiative and therefore that no progress was made,” the official told Al Arabiya English.

The official added that the US had made clear it was ready to “quickly conclude and implement a deal” for mutual return to compliance with the 2015 deal, also known as the JCPOA.

“Yet in Doha, as before, Iran raised issues wholly unrelated to the JCPOA and apparently is not ready to make a fundamental decision on whether it wants to revive the deal or bury it,” the official said.

One of the main sticking points in recent months was Washington’s refusal to lift the terror designation of the IRGC, which US President Joe Biden’s envoy for Iran reportedly pitched before the president said no.

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