President Seyyed Ebrahim Raeisi on Sunday said the Israeli assassination of an officer of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) last month was a sign of desperation and despair of the enemies of the Islamic Republic.
Iran will not abandon plans to avenge the 2020 US assassination of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, despite "regular offers" from the United States to lift sanctions and provide other concessions in return, a senior Iranian commander said.
An agreement to revitalize the 2015 nuclear deal is in limbo as a key sticking point still remains unresolved. Both Iranian and US officials have pointed to the designation of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps as a “terror organization” as the stumbling block in efforts to bring back the JCPOA to life. Tehran wants Washington to take the IRGC off its terror list. Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Sunday an agreement is “close” in paused negotiations to restore the 2015 nuclear deal and that the “ball is in US court” to decide. Abdolreza Faraji-Raad, a former Iranian ambassador and an international affairs expert, is optimistic about a final deal and insists that Amir-Abdollahian and Iran’s negotiating team should be supported at home.