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Washington denied Monday suggestions it is stalling a potential agreement to resurrect the Iran nuclear deal after a "final" draft was circulated, but said outstanding questions remain.
"The notion that we have delayed this negotiation in any way is just not true," said State Department spokesman Ned Price.
After the EU sent the proposed text to both Tehran and Washington in late July, Iran "responded with several comments," Price said, without being specific.
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Observers are waiting on the US’s reply to the EU’s latest proposal, with Iran submitting a ‘reasonable’ response.All eyes are now on Washington as it prepares to submit its response to Iran’s written comments on a “final” text proposed by the European Union at the end of talks in Vienna earlier this month.
"This is why it has taken us some additional time to review those comments and to determine our response of our own," he said.
"We are seriously reviewing those comments."
Earlier Monday, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, who is leading the effort to bring the United States and Iran together in agreement, suggested Washington was now slowing the process.
"There was an Iranian response that I considered reasonable to transmit to the United States," he said.
"The United States has not formally replied yet. But we are waiting for their response and I hope that response will allow us to finish the negotiation -- I hope so, but I can't assure you of it."
Price said Washington was "encouraged" by the fact that Tehran appeared to have dropped an earlier demand that, to complete a deal, the United States remove its formal designation of the Islamic Republican Guard Corps as an international terrorist organization.
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The U.S. and Iran have used the approaching deadline for the agreement of the nuclear deal to push for additional demands, including an end to Iranian assassination efforts."Here you have Iran‘s regime calling the shots once again," Foreign Desk Editor-in-Chief Lisa Daftari told Fox News Digital. "They’re asking for everything and the kitchen sink as part of the latest round of nuclear talks, and they want to make sure that the U.S. does not pull out once they sign onto a deal shaped and demanded by the mullahs.
That was one of the issues that has appeared to hold up progress on a final agreement that was sketched out in March.
However, Price added, "there are still some outstanding issues that must be resolved, some gaps that must be bridged, if we are able to get there."
"We are working as quickly as we can to put together an appropriate response to the Iranian paper," he said.
Iran and major global powers struck a deal in 2015 to limit Tehran's nuclear program with the aim of preventing it from obtaining nuclear weapons.
But in 2018 US President Donald Trump, a strong critic of the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), unilaterally pulled out and slapped heavier sanctions on Iran.
Since then Iran has accelerated its nuclear research and development activities, getting closer to where it would be able to create a nuclear bomb.
Since coming into office in January 2021, US President Joe Biden has pressed to revive the JCPOA in exchange for alleviating sanctions on Iran.
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Iran has allegedly targeted dissidents and former Trump officials for their direct opposition to the current regime as well as revenge for the death of Qassem Soleimani."Since the start of the uprisings in Iran in 2017, Tehran stepped up its terror plots abroad, particularly against our movement because of the increase in its appeal among the protesters," said Alireza Jafarzadeh, deputy director of the U.S. Office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).