US Special Envoy for Iran Robert Malley (file photo)

US Special Envoy for Iran Robert Malley

US Iran Envoy Not Sidelined, Set To Brief Congress On Nuclear Talks

Tuesday, 09/13/2022

A source close to the US nuclear negotiating team has rejected rumors about Washington’s Special Envoy Robert Malley being sidelined. 

The source told Iran International’s correspondent on Tuesday that the rumors are lies and disinformation aimed at undermining diplomacy.

“Mr. Malley will brief members of Congress on the state of Vienna talks at a closed door briefing tomorrow [Wednesday] and will continue his efforts to restore the JCPOA and bring Americans back home,” the source added. 

The Times of Israel Monday quoted a “senior Israeli official” travelling with Prime Minister Yair Lapid in Berlin who said talks to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, JCPOA, are dead. The official said the Israeli delegation had given “information to the Europeans that proved the Iranians are lying while the talks are still happening.”

The official had also claimed that the talks were “no longer in Malley’s hands,” with the US special envoy shunned aside. The State Department subsequently denied that Malley had eased out or that the US position had “toughened,” the Times of Israel reported.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken reiterated Monday that it was not possible to give a timeline for the JCPOA talks. US officials, including Malley and Blinken, have said they will continue efforts to revive the 2015 agreement as long as this suits US national interests and has non-proliferation benefits.

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