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US, EU say decision on Iran deal depends on Tehran

US and EU officials dismiss claims that an Israeli campaign has influenced negotiations, and say the next move is Iran’s.
A man reads the Iranian newspaper Etemad, with the front page title reading in Farsi "The night of the end of the JCPOA ", and cover photos of Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and his deputy and chief nuclear negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani, in the capital Tehran on Aug. 16, 2022.

There is complete radio silence between Tehran and Washington, with no messages moving via mediators. There appears to be a sort of “negotiations fatigue” among all the parties. Iran says the ball is in the United States’ court, and the United States says the opposite.  

Pessimism has prevailed as European officials express skepticism over the possibility of reaching a deal anytime soon. On Monday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said it was “unlikely” an agreement to restore the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) would be reached in the near term. 

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