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Iran FM: US needs to be ‘realistic’ in nuclear talks

Iran’s foreign minister continues to lobby for the United States to come to an agreement for the revival of the nuclear talks.
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian (R).

In a meeting in Qatar with his counterpart, Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian talked about the nuclear talks, regional issues and bilateral relations.

Regarding the talks in Vienna aimed at reviving the 2015 nuclear deal, Amir-Abdollahian said that the United States needs to be "realistic” and cease its “excessive demands” if the sides are expected to return fully to negotiations. According to many observers, one of the last remaining issues before the removal of US sanctions in exchange for Iran reducing its nuclear levels back to the levels stated in the 2015 deal is the listing of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization (FTO). The Trump administration, which exited the deal in 2018, placed the IRGC on the FTO list in order to make it more difficult for subsequent presidents to get back into the agreement. 

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