Senior US envoy for Iran leaves role negotiating nuclear talks with Tehran
Added 01-24-22 09:58:02pm EST - “Richard Nephew, the deputy special envoy for Iran,? left his post as part of the U.S. team negotiating Iran's return to the 2015? Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).” - Thehill.com
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Richard Nephew, the deputy special envoy for Iran, left his post as part of the U.S. team negotiating Iran's return to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
A State Department official confirmed to Reuters on Monday that Nephew was no longer part of the U.S.'s negotiating team, but he will remain a State Department employee. Though the official did not provide a reason for Nephew's resignation, they noted that such a move was "very common" after a year in the administration.
Earlier on Monday, The Wall Street Journal reported that Nephew had resigned due to a difference of opinion on how to approach the negotiations with Iran, reportedly advocating for a tougher posture in negotiations. The U.S. has yet to directly engage in negotiations, participating through European allies.
Administration officials told the Journal that two other members of the negotiating team had decided to step back from engaging in talks due to sharing in Nephew's opinion of having a tougher approach.
As Reuters noted, news of these internal disagreements within the U.S.'s negotiating team comes at a critical point in the talks with Iran, with the U.S. and its European allies recently saying there are only weeks left to salvage the agreement.
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