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Delegates from Iran attend the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty review conference in New York City

Iran Keeps up Demands, After Deadline to Accept Final Nuclear Deal Draft

Iran made a counteroffer to the European Union’s “final” draft to renew the 2015 nuclear deal, at midnight on Monday, August 15, the deadline set by Brussels.

Mohammad Marandi, a spokesperson for Iran’s nuclear-negotiating team, tweeted on Tuesday that Tehran “wants to make sure that if the current or future US president withdraws from a deal, the US will ‘have to pay a price.’”

“This is the best way to protect a potential deal,” Marandi added. “If the US doesn’t have to pay a price for violating or leaving a future deal, history will repeat itself.”

Earlier, Marandi reportedly told, “I can’t say there will be a deal, but we’re closer than we’ve been before.” Iran’s response, as one diplomatic source put it, was a “yes, but,” rather than keeping with the EU’s “take it or leave it” formulation. Tehran essentially responded to the EU’s deadline by trying to extend it and continue negotiations, the source said. (JPost/ VFI News)

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