September 25
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Europe's proposal to revive the Iranian nuclear deal suggests an easing of sanctions against the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and paves the way for Tehran to avoid further examination of alleged nuclear facilities, Politico reported, citing excerpts from a draft European proposal.

The details of the project were finalized in Vienna. As the EU worked closely with Washington on it, the terms suggest that the administration of US President Joe Biden is willing to make more concessions than expected to secure a deal, especially by reducing pressure on the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which the US considers a "terrorist organization".

However, the US special envoy to the Iran talks, Rob Malley, denied that the United States is changing its standards or rules when it comes to imposing sanctions.

In April, President Joe Biden rejected Iran's demand to reverse the Trump administration's 2019 decision to designate the IRGC as a "foreign terrorist organization" by the United States. In early May, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators came up with a resolution saying the U.S. should not agree to any deal to lift sanctions.

While the European proposal, brokered by EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell in close cooperation with US officials, would not by itself lift the IRGC sanctions, it would severely limit their effectiveness.

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