Iran sends ‘constructive’ response on nuclear deal

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Iranian Foreign Ministry says Iran has sent a “constructive” response to US proposals aimed at reviving Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

“The text that was sent (by Iran) has a constructive approach aimed at finalizing the negotiations,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanaani was quoted as saying by state broadcaster IRIB on Friday.

But the US State Department gave a different assessment, according to Reuters report.

“We can confirm that we have received Iran’s response through the EU,” a spokesperson said. “We are studying it and will respond through the EU, but unfortunately it is not constructive.”

Quoted by Reuters, White House National Security Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson said, “Some gaps have closed in recent weeks but others remain.”

The IRIB report said Iran’s response was sent to EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, who has been coordinating the negotiations. It gave no further details, according to Reuters.

Reuters reports that after 16 months of indirect talks between Tehran and Washington, Borrell said on Aug. 8 the EU had laid down a final offer to overcome an impasse for the revival of the agreement.