UPDATE 1 – US praises Iran’s EU nuclear push, but no certainty of deal
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May 13 (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department said on Friday it appreciated the European Union’s efforts to revive talks on reinstating the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, but said it would there was no agreement yet and no certainty that it could be concluded.
“At this stage, a deal remains far from certain. Iran must decide whether to insist on foreign terms and whether it wants to conclude a deal quickly, which we believe would serve the interests of all parties. We and our partners are ready, and have been for some time. Now it’s up to Iran,” a US State Department spokesperson said on condition of anonymity.
The EU’s foreign policy chief said on Friday he believed there had been enough progress during consultations between his envoy and Iranian officials in Tehran this week to restart nuclear talks after two months of hiatus. dead end.
Talks to revive Iran’s deal with world powers have been on hold since March, mainly due to Tehran’s insistence that Washington remove the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps from its list of designated foreign terrorist organizations. .
Asked if Iran still demands the withdrawal of the IRGC, which controls the elite armed and intelligence forces that Washington accuses of a global terrorist campaign, the State Department spokesman replied: “We let’s not negotiate in public, but the main thing is that there is no agreement and no certainty.” (Reporting by Arshad Mohammed in Saint Paul, Minnesota; Editing by Chris Reese and Angus MacSwan)