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Iran wants IAEA probe closed before nuclear agreement implemented

​​​​​​​Iran’s president says Tehran wants the IAEA probe closed in what could be a sign of inching closer to a new deal.
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Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi spoke today about the negotiations to revive the nuclear deal. Iran is currently reviewing a proposal by the United States regarding a revived deal that came in response to an Iranian proposal. The details of the proposals, which originated as a European “final offer” to resolve the dispute between Iran and the United States, have not been shared publicly, but officials and media leaks have offered insights to some of the sticking points.

In a press conference today, Raisi said addressed the International Atomic Energy Agency's ongoing probe concerning previous nuclear activities by Iran. “When we talk about negotiations,” Raisi said, “all of the issues of additional protocols must be resolved.” One of Iran’s concerns is that if another agreement is made, the United States would use IAEA inspections of historical issues to leave the deal once again. The United States exited the 2015 deal in 2018 when President Donald Trump took office. 

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