Iran Submits ‘Written Response’ to Nuclear Deal Negotiations

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran said Tuesday it had submitted a “written response” to what it described as a final road map to restoring its tattered nuclear deal with world powers.

Iran’s state news agency IRNA did not provide details on the substance of its response, but suggested Tehran would still not accept the EU’s mediation proposal, despite warnings there would be no further talks.

“The differences are on three issues, with the US expressing its verbal flexibility on two issues, but it should be included in the text,” the IRNA report said. “The third issue is related to guaranteeing the continuation of (the agreement), which depends on the realism of the United States.”

Tehran, under hardline President Ebrahim Raisi, has repeatedly tried to blame Washington for delays in reaching a deal. Monday was the deadline for Iran’s response.

The EU did not immediately acknowledge that Iran had responded. The European Union has been indirectly involved in the negotiations.

State Department spokesman Ned Price from Washington said the US would share its response with the European Union.

“However, we agree with (the EU’s) main point, and that is that what could have been negotiated, has been negotiated,” Price said.

He added that Iran was making “unacceptable demands” by going outside the text of the 2015 nuclear deal, which saw Iran drastically limit its uranium enrichment in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.

“If Iran wants to lift these sanctions, it will need to change its fundamental behavior,” Price said. “They will need to replace the dangerous activities that gave rise to these restrictions in the first place.”

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