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US Blames Iran's Sanctions Demands for Failure to Revive Nuclear Deal

US Blames Iran's Sanctions Demands for Failure to Revive Nuclear Deal

Wednesday, 8 June, 2022 - 06:00
Deputy Secretary General of the European External Action Service (EEAS) Enrique Mora and Iran's chief nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani and delegations wait for the start of a meeting of the JCPOA Joint Commission in Vienna, Austria December 17, 2021. EU Delegation in Vienna/EEAS/Handout via REUTERS

The United States on Tuesday blamed Iran for both sides' failure so far to reach an agreement on reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, saying Tehran's demands on sanctions-lifting were preventing progress.

"What we need is a willing partner in Iran. In particular, Iran would need to drop demands for sanctions lifting that clearly go beyond the JCPOA and that are now preventing us from concluding a deal," a US statement to a meeting of the UN nuclear watchdog's Board of Governors said, referring to the 2015 deal by its name, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

The US, Britain, France and Germany have submitted a motion to the International Atomic Energy Agency to censure Iran over its lack of cooperation with the agency, diplomats said Tuesday.

The resolution urging Iran to cooperate fully with the IAEA is the first since June 2020 when a similar motion censuring Iran was adopted.

It is a sign of growing Western impatience after the talks to revive the nuclear accord stalled in March.

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