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US-Aussenminister Anthony Blinken ist enttäuscht darüber, dass die Verhandlungen um eine Wiederbelebung des Atomabkommens mit dem Iran nicht voran kommen. Dies nach positiven Signalen des EU-Aussenbeauftragten Josep Borrell am Mittwoch. (Archivbild)

US criticizes Iran’s response to nuclear deal

“We can confirm that we have received Iran’s response through the European Union,” a US State Department spokesman said Thursday evening (local time) in Washington. “We are examining it and will respond through the European Union, but unfortunately it is not constructive,” he added.

On August 8, the European Union presented what it called the “final text” of a new agreement with Iran. Iran responded with the proposed changes, to which Washington in turn responded with its proposals – without releasing any details.

Then, on Thursday, an Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said that Tehran had sent a new response. A State Department spokesperson has now referred to this answer. The European Union’s foreign policy chief, Josep Borrell, expressed optimism on Wednesday that a new version of the nuclear agreement could be concluded in the coming days.

The goal of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal was to limit Iran’s nuclear program and ensure that Iran would not develop nuclear weapons. Negotiated by the USA, China, Russia, Germany, France, Great Britain and Iran.

However, the United States unilaterally withdrew from the agreement in 2018 under then-President Donald Trump, after which Iran also gradually abandoned its obligations under the agreement. Trump’s successor, Joe Biden, aims to revive the agreement, but negotiations are very complicated.