Iran has dropped its key demand to remove the Revolutionary Guards from the American list of terror organizations, a senior administration official told CNN on Friday, moving a step closer to sealing a nuclear deal.
According to CNN, in its Monday's response to the EU's "final" draft text to save the 2015 nuclear deal, Iran did not include the removal of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps – a demand that has been a major obstacle in talks to strike an agreement between Iran and world powers.
"The current version of the text, and what they are demanding, drops it," the official said, "so if we are closer to a deal, that's why."
According to the report, Iran also dropped other demands related to delisting several companies tied to the IRGC.
While a deal is now closer than it was two weeks ago, "the outcome remains uncertain as some gaps remain. [U.S. President Joe] Biden will only approve a deal that meets our national security interests," the official told CNN.
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"We have told them that our red lines should be respected … We have shown enough flexibility … We do not want to reach a deal that after 40 days, two months or three months fails to be materialized on the ground," Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said earlier on Monday.
The U.S. said the deal could only be revived if Iran dropped "extraneous" issues, an apparent reference to Tehran's demands the UN nuclear watchdog close a probe into unexplained uranium traces in Iran and that its Revolutionary Guards come off a U.S. terrorism list.
While the U.S. has been conveying feedback to the Europeans, the U.S. has not officially responded to the EU and Iranian drafts, senior administration officials told CNN.