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17 August 2022 - 13:45

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A nuclear deal with Iran will happen if the US is keen for one but at the moment Washington “seems to be lacking the drive”, an expert has said, as the EU and US consider Iran’s response to a “final” proposal by the Europeans. The EU had earlier this month sent a draft final text to revive the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran, aimed at relieving Iran of international sanctions in return for it halting uranium enrichment.On Tuesday, Tehran said it had responded to the deal, although it did give details of the response.The EU and US are now reported to be assessing the response, which came after Iran’s foreign ministry said a deal could be reached in the “coming days” if the US showed flexibility over three issues.Washington has said it is ready to quickly seal an agreement to restore the 2015 accord on the basis of the EU proposals.Diplomats and officials said that whether or not Tehran and Washington accept the EU’s “final” offer, neither is likely to declare the pact dead because keeping it alive serves both sides’ interests.According to Dr Rowena Abdul Razak, a guest teacher at London School of Economics, “if the US wants a deal to happen – because it is the US that seems to be lacking the drive – it will happen”. However, there was “little movement and interest”, she added.Related StoriesIran nuclear deal within reach as Russia backs down over Ukraine sanctions17 March, 2022As hopes fade for new accord, experts blame Trump and Netanyahu for nuclear crisis16 December, 2021Salman Rushdie 'exposed himself' to attack by crossing red lines, Iran's foreign ministry says15 August, 2022Dr Razak toldi: “Iran is getting more and more frustrated and there’s less incentive to go for a deal that just doesn’t seem to be happening.”The attack on Salman Rushdie last Friday sparked calls by leading figures in the UK and the US to re-evaluate sanctions against Iran, sparking fears that the nuclear negotiations could be complicated even further. Rushdie, 75, was repeatedly stabbed at a literary festival in New York, and is now recovering in hospital. It followed decades of death threats after the publication of his novel The Satanic Verses. and a fatwa calling for his killing issued by Iran’s then supreme leader, Ayatalloh Ruhollah Khomeini, in 1989.US-born Hadi Matar, 24, has pleaded not guilty to attempted murder and is being held in custody.Conservative leadership contender Rishi Sunak has suggested that the attack could see an end to the nuclear deal and the introduction of possible new sanctions against Iran.Speaking to the Sunday Telegraph, Mr Sunak also said the UK should consider designating the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) a terrorist organisation.“The brutal stabbing of Salman Rushdie should be a wake-up call for the West, and Iran’s reaction to the attack strengthens the case for proscribing the IRGC,” he told the paper.On Monday, a spokesman for Iran’s foreign ministry attempted to claim Rushdie and his supporters were solely to blame for the attack, and argued that freedom of speech did not justify what he called the author’s insults against religion.However, Dr Razak said she was not sure the attack would have much impact on nuclear negotiations as the deal “was already suffering” before.

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. Meanwhile, any link between the attacker and Iran “is still rather tenuous”.Tom Plant, founder of global security consultancy firm Liminal Minds Limited, told i: “The fundamental security and political dynamics haven’t changed, so I don’t see additional major complications for reviving the deal arising from the attack – though it does make the optics harder, of course.”Mr Plant, a former director of the Royal United Services Institute’s proliferation and nuclear policy programme, said he believed the US and the EU were not “under any illusions as to the nature of the Iranian regime, or its nuclear aspirations”.He added: “If this deal is revived then it will be because it serves the security interests of the various parties involved, not because there has been a great shift in perspective on the challenges that the regime poses.” What is the Iran nuclear deal? The Iran nuclear deal, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), is a 2015 agreement between Iran, the EU, China, France, Germany, Russia, the UK and US, to dismantle Iran’s nuclear weapons programme in return to relief from international sanctions. Under the 2015 agreement, Iran would curb its disputed uranium enrichment programme, a possible pathway to nuclear weapons, in return for relief from US, EU and UN sanctions. Tehran says it wants nuclear power only for peaceful purposes. The deal, which aimed to reduce the likelihood of conflict in the Middle East and nuclear war around the world, stalled in 2018 after then US president Donald Trump withdrew from the agreement. The withdrawal led to Iran restarting some of its nuclear operations, including stockpiling uranium. However, in 2021, the prospects of a revival began to look brighter, with new President Joe Biden saying the US would return to the deal if Iran began to comply again with its arrangements. In March this year, after 11 months of stop-start talks, Western officials announced that very few issues were left to be resolved. A spokesperson for the US State Department said at the time that the countries were “close to a possible deal”. However that was later thrown into disarray, largely over Iran’s insistence that Washington remove the IRGC from the US’s Foreign Terrorist Organisations list. The prospect of a renewed deal appeared close again on Friday, when Iran’s state news agency IRNA quoted an Iranian diplomat saying an EU proposal to revive the deal “can be acceptable if it provides assurances” on Tehran’s key demands. Last week, the EU said it had put forward a final text following four days of talks and 15 months of negotiations. A senior EU official said they expected a decision in “very, very few weeks”. On Tuesday, Tehran said it had responded to the deal, and the EU and US are now reported to be assessing the response. Molly Blackall Additional reporting by agencies

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