News Politics: A senior administration official told CNN that Iran had formally waived a crucial “red line” requirement that had been a major obstacle in efforts to resurrect the Iran nuclear deal. Iran did not request that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps be taken off the State Department’s list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations in its response to a draught nuclear deal accord put up by the European Union on Monday, which the EU has termed as a “final” text, the official said. The official said that the US had consistently and repeatedly rejected the proposal, saying, “The present version of the document, and what they are demanding, drops it.” Therefore, if a deal is closer, it is the reason.
The Iranians also dropped demands related to delisting several companies tied to the IRGC, the official said.The official added that “the President has been firm and consistent that he will not lift the terrorism designation of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps.” But the official said that while a deal is now “closer than it was two weeks ago, the outcome remains uncertain as some gaps remain. President Biden will only approve a deal that meets our national security
President Joe Biden has insisted for months that he would not lift the IRGC terrorist designation in order to revive the nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Asked in July in an interview with Israel’s Channel 12 whether he was still committed to keeping the IRGC on the list, even if it meant killing the deal for good, Biden responded: “Yes.”