How are Russian demands interfering with Iran nuclear talks?

How are Russian demands interfering with Iran nuclear talks?
FILE PHOTO: A gas flare on an oil production platform in the Soroush oil fields is seen alongside an Iranian flag in the Gulf July 25, 2005. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi/File Photo

Quite a few countries have been working together to try and manage how much nuclear weaponry Iran develops. This nuclear deal established in 2015, The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, is otherwise known as the JCPOA. The countries have been trying to wrap up these talks and were apparently close to reaching an agreement last week, but the Russia-Ukraine conflict has supposedly interfered with these negotiations.

Iran says that Russia, a business partner of the country, wants a written agreement from the United States that its trade, investment and military-technical cooperation with Iran won’t be affected by these sanctions.

“It is necessary to understand clearly what Moscow wants. If what they demand is related to the JCPOA, it would not be difficult to find a solution for it. But it will be complicated, if the guarantees that Moscow has demanded, are beyond the JCPOA," said a senior Iranian official to Reuters.

“These things are totally different and just are not, in any way, linked together. So I think that’s irrelevant,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in an interview with CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

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