TEHRAN, Aug. 4 (Xinhua) -- Iran on Thursday reaffirmed its demand for the removal of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) from the U.S. terrorist list in talks on reviving the 2015 nuclear deal, refuting media claims that Iran has rolled back its requirement.
Citing an informed source close to Tehran's negotiating team, the official news agency IRNA reported that Iran has not withdrawn the demand for taking the IRGC off the U.S. Foreign Terrorist Organizations list in the talks to revive the nuclear deal.
The report was a response to The Wall Street Journal's report that Tehran had dropped its demand on the IRGC issue.
Dismissing the report as lacking credibility, the source stressed that Iran has proved its goodwill and determination to reach an agreement in the negotiations.
Iran signed the nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), with world powers in July 2015, agreeing to curb its nuclear program in return for the removal of sanctions on the country. However, former U.S. President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the agreement and reimposed unilateral sanctions on Tehran, prompting the latter to drop some of its commitments under the pact.
The talks on reviving the JCPOA began in April 2021 in the Austrian capital of Vienna but were suspended in March this year because of political differences between Tehran and Washington.
Delegations from the remaining signatories to the JCPOA, as well as the United States, are currently in Vienna for a fresh round of talks on the revival of the agreement. ■