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Wall Street Journal: Washington moves to ease sanctions on Iran in favor of nuclear updates

The American Wall Street Journal revealed that the administration of US President Joe Biden has expressed its openness to ease sanctions on crucial sectors of the Iranian economy, including oil and financing, which would help narrow differences in the nuclear talks, according to people familiar with the matter.

The sources also revealed that Washington does not intend to remove the Iranian Revolutionary Guard from the list of terrorist organizations.

Despite the progress made, senior diplomats warned that weeks of difficult negotiations over the 2015 nuclear deal have not yielded much progress, and that progress remains fragile. The talks are being held in Vienna due to domestic politics in Washington and Tehran and Iran's refusal to meet directly with the United States.

The newspaper pointed out that President Biden wants to return to the 2015 agreement after the withdrawal of former President Donald Trump in 2018. The US decision to withdraw from the deal and impose comprehensive sanctions on Iran has prompted Tehran to violate many of the main restrictions in the agreement, complicating the situation for both sides.

Senior officials in Vienna this week concluded five-day talks, and delegates returned home before resuming negotiations next week. People participating in the talks say progress has been made as the United States has clearly defined the sanctions relief it is preparing to introduce.

The newspaper pointed out that many sanctions have been imposed during the Trump era using US terrorism powers, and US officials have previously said that they are willing to consider lifting some of them. But they did not specify in detail what sanctions could be eased or which Iranian entities would be affected.