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US has told Europeans it doesn’t plan to delist IRCG, senior Israeli diplomat claims

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

This photo taken on September 22, 2018, shows members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) marching during the annual military parade that marks the anniversary of the outbreak of the devastating 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein's Iraq, in the capital Tehran. (Stringer/AFP)
This photo taken on September 22, 2018, shows members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) marching during the annual military parade that marks the anniversary of the outbreak of the devastating 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein's Iraq, in the capital Tehran. (Stringer/AFP)

Biden administration officials have notified their European counterparts that Washington does not plan on delisting Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as part of the nuclear talks in Vienna aimed at reviving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, a senior Israeli diplomatic official claims.

Speaking during a briefing with Israeli reporters, the official says that the nuclear talks are currently at a standstill, largely due to the Iranian demand that Washington remove the IRGC from the State Department’s list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations. Israel has lobbied publicly and privately against the move.

Despite the message the US has passed along to European negotiators, the Biden administration is still considering delisting part of the IRGC while keeping its elite Quds force on the FTO list, the Israeli official claims.

“We’re part of this conversation, but there isn’t a final answer yet,” he says.

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