USA: Tehran made concessions, mainly on the issue of inspections by the IAEA

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According to Washington, Iran also abandoned in recent days another demand related to the removal of the designation of the Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organization, according to the same source.

A senior US official said on Tuesday that Iran has dropped its demand to block some International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspections, a major concession that may allow the revival of the 2015 deal on Iran’s nuclear program.

“In addition to the restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program that Iran will have to implement, the IAEA will once again be able to oversee the most active inspection regime ever, allowing the detection of any attempt by Iran to develop a nuclear weapon covertly.” the official said on condition of anonymity.

According to Washington, Iran also abandoned in recent days another demand related to the removal of the designation of the Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist organization, according to the same source.

The US has categorically denied this demand, which is no longer included in the latest text on the negotiating table.

For months, Tehran has tied any deal to the removal of the Revolutionary Guards, the Islamic Republic’s ideological army, from Washington’s blacklist of terrorist organizations.

The negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program are aimed at saving the international agreement reached in 2015 with Tehran by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (China, USA, France, Britain, Russia) and Germany, from which the Washington left in 2018 under the presidency of Donald Trump.

The US official also dismissed any notion of US concessions, saying “Iran is the one that has made concessions on important issues”.

“There are still differences to be overcome, but if we reach an agreement to return to the (2015) nuclear deal, Iran would have to take many important steps toward dismantling its nuclear program,” he said.

Among them, Iran would be banned from enriching uranium beyond 3.67% and storing more than 300 kilograms of that uranium until 2031, and thousands of centrifuges would be decommissioned and dismantled, including those at the Fordow plant, according to with this source.

Iran, for its part, has asked for “some adjustments” to the deal proposal the European Union submitted to negotiators on the Iranian nuclear issue, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Tuesday.

In an interview with Spanish National Television, Borel confirmed that “most” of the participants accepted the Iranian demands, the content of which he did not reveal, and that only “the response of the United States is missing.”

The United States denied on Monday that it was delaying those talks and said it would continue to “review” Iran’s responses, assuring that Washington would respond once “that review and those consultations are complete.”

A meeting could take place “this week” in Vienna, Borrell said on Monday.

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