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US envoy for Iran leaves post amid Vienna negotiations

US envoy for Iran leaves post amid Vienna negotiations
posted onJanuary 25, 2022

top member of the US team negotiating indirectly with Iran has left the role amid a report of differences of opinion on the way they should save the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

A State Department official confirmed on Monday that Richard Nephew, US Deputy Special Envoy for Iran, is no longer on the negotiating team. However, he is still a State Department employee, the official said.

The source did not give a reason for the change but said personnel moves were ‘very common’ a year into an administration.

Earlier, the Wall Street Journal reported that Nephew left after differences of opinion within the US negotiating team on Iran.

The paper said he had advocated a tougher posture in the current negotiations.

Iran is currently negotiating with world powers over reviving a 2015 nuclear deal, which offered Tehran sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program.