EU proposal to limit sanctions on Iran revealed – Politico – RT World News

Bloc suggested easing US restrictions on Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to salvage nuclear deal, Politico reports

The EU has offered to ease US sanctions against Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in a bid to salvage the landmark 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran, Politico reported Friday, citing a draft deal .

The text in question was submitted by the EU and negotiated in Vienna by all parties to the agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), on Monday after 16 months of talks. For the deal to take effect, it must be approved by the Iranian and US governments, which unilaterally pulled out of the deal.

According to Politico, the provisions of the text mean that the United States is fixed “make more concessions than expectedto revive the deal, including easing US sanctions against the IRGC, an influential branch of Iran’s armed forces.

The issue of lifting or diluting sanctions against the Revolutionary Guard Corps has been particularly contentious since Washington designated it a terrorist organization. Previously, many high-level US lawmakers and officials have spoken out against any effort to remove restrictions on the organization.

Nonetheless, the European initiative, brokered by EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell in close cooperation with his US counterparts, would not remove sanctions entirely, but would reduce them significantly, the report said.

According to Politico, under the proposal, non-Americans, including Europeans, could do business with Iranians involved in “transactionswith the IRGC in a way that would not trigger US sanctions. In practice, this would mean that the EU, which views Iran as a valuable market, would be able to trade almost unhindered. A source told the outlet that the IRGC could evade sanctions by operating through front companies.

However, the US special envoy for the Iran talks, Rob Malley, has denied that the US is ready to budge when it comes to changing sanctions enforcement standards. He reiterated that Washington is “is not engaged in any negotiations on modifying due diligence, know-your-customer” procedures in this area.

In addition to easing sanctions against the IRGC, the European proposal would allow Iran to quickly resolve its dispute with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Earlier, the UN watchdog, tasked with monitoring Iran’s nuclear program, detected traces of uranium at three previously undeclared sites and demanded an explanation from Tehran, which has so far refused to cooperate , says Politico.

Moscow comments on saving Iran nuclear deal

At the same time, Iran has insisted that the IAEA conclude its investigation into the matter, presenting this as a precondition for reviving the nuclear deal. The US and EU declined, saying the IAEA investigation was a separate matter unrelated to the deal.

However, according to the report, the EU has now agreed to link the UN nuclear investigation to the deal. The text proposed by the EU apparently indicates that Washington and Brussels “take note of Iran’s intentionto solve the problem byreimplantation day” – the date on which the agreement becomes effective again.

A diplomat interviewed by the magazine expressed concern that the approach of the United States and the EU signals that they are ready to sweep the issue under the carpet in pursuit of the agreement, and that ‘they are ready to’sacrifice the credibility of the IAEA as an independent agency by politicizing its mission in Iran.

On Friday, Mikhail Ulyanov, Russia’s representative to the negotiations, revealed that talks to salvage the Iran nuclear deal were nearing an end, with the final text of the deal almost agreed. The end goal of the talks, he said, is to return to the original 2015 agreement with some minor changes that had to be introduced because so much time had passed since the original document was signed.

The initial nuclear deal signed in 2015 by Iran, the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Germany – as well as Russia, China and the EU – involved Tehran agreeing to certain restrictions on its nuclear industry in exchange for the relaxation of economic sanctions and other incentives.

In 2018, however, it was torpedoed by the United States under then-President Donald Trump, who unilaterally pulled out of the deal, saying it was fundamentally flawed. As a result, Iran has begun phasing out some of its commitments under the deal, such as the level of enriched uranium it produces, which could potentially allow Tehran to build an atomic bomb. According to Iranian authorities, however, this “is not on the agenda.”


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