Source: Signing deal linked to US guarantees, rejecting IAEA claims
Iranian sources say US behavior during nuclear negotiations by relying on tactics outside the framework of the negotiations and exerting media pressure is not constructive.
An informed Iranian source told Al Mayadeen that if the Americans remove the ambiguity regarding guarantees and the allegations of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the nuclear agreement will be within reach.
In the same context, Nour News Agency quoted sources close to the Iranian Supreme National Security Council as saying that Washington's behavior during the nuclear negotiations is not constructive by relying on tactics outside the framework of the negotiations and exerting media pressure.
The sources pointed out that any agreement that does not guarantee Iran's economic benefit, provides the ground for foreign investments, and closes the politicized files against Iran in the IAEA, cannot be described as a strong and stable agreement.
The news agency considered that Washington's political decision is necessary to conclude the long ongoing negotiations.
Earlier, the Iranian news agency IRNA quoted the Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Nasser Kanaani, as confirming that "after receiving the United States’ response, the Islamic Republic’s expert team examined it carefully and Iran’s responses were compiled and submitted to the coordinator tonight."
Kanaani stressed that Iran's response was prepared after evaluation on various levels, pointing out that the text sent by Iran has a constructive approach aimed at finalizing the nuclear talks.
The European Union presented, on August 8, what it called a final text to restore the 2015 nuclear agreement.
The EU's proposed document is viewed as the culmination of nearly 18 months of work to revive a pact that former US President Donald Trump pulled out of four years ago.
On Thursday, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian indicated that his colleagues at the Foreign Ministry were examining the proposed text and preparing a response with due care and speed.
Amir-Abdollahian underlined that Iran has demonstrated its goodwill and seriousness in order to reach a strong and sustainable deal.
It is noteworthy that US State Department Spokesperson Vedant Patel claimed on Friday that a new response from Iran on reviving a landmark nuclear deal was "not constructive".
"We can confirm that we have received Iran's response through the EU," he said. "We are studying it and will respond through the EU, but unfortunately it is not constructive," he added.
A few days ago, a US official told Axios news website that his country informed Iran, through mediators from the EU, that linking the United Nations investigation into Iran's undeclared nuclear activity with the re-implementation of the 2015 nuclear agreement may delay the lifting of US sanctions.
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