Iranian nuclear: Washington accuses Tehran of being responsible for standoff
The United States on Friday accused Tehran of being responsible for the deadlock in Vienna talks over the Iranian nuclear program, joining Europeans who expressed their “disappointment and concern” over the demands of the Islamic Republic.
According to diplomatic sources, these talks, which resumed at the beginning of the week, mark a break from Friday and should resume in the middle of next week to allow for updates on Iranian proposals.
“The new Iranian government did not come to Vienna with constructive proposals,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Friday.
“We always expect a diplomatic approach, it is always the best option,” he said. But “Iran’s approach this week has, unfortunately, not been to attempt to resolve the outstanding issues.”
The head of US diplomacy, Antony Blinken, warned him that “we will look at other options” if Tehran continues to develop its nuclear program by dragging talks.
“Iran is not serious about what it needs to do to comply with the agreement, which is why we ended this round of talks in Vienna,” he said.
– “Important Decision” –
“Iran has very important decisions to make in the coming days,” he concluded.
According to European diplomats, the delegations will return to their respective capitals later this week and talks will resume in the middle of next week “to see if these differences can be resolved”, whether it “The gap can be closed in real time”.
During the first round of talks between April and June, “Tehran is going back to almost all agreements that were hard to find”, with senior diplomats from France, Germany and the United Kingdom (E3) condemning the “reverse”.
Despite these harsh remarks, European diplomats say they are “fully engaged in the search for a diplomatic solution”. “Time is running out,” he insists.
The stakes are high: it’s a question of saving the 2015 international agreement to prevent the Islamic Republic from receiving nuclear bombs. Concluded between Iran and the six great powers (the United States, Russia, China, France, Germany, the United Kingdom), it parted ways in 2018 following the unilateral withdrawal of the United States and the resumption of sanctions.
In response, Tehran has freed itself from most of the limits imposed on its nuclear program.
The purpose of the discussions in Vienna is to bring back Washington, which is participating indirectly. Various parties parted ways in June with hopes of an imminent conclusion, but the coming to power of ultra-conservative President Ibrahim Rasi in Iran was a game-changer.
The agreement, known by its acronym JCPOA, offered Tehran the lifting of part of the sanctions affecting its economy in exchange for a drastic reduction in its nuclear programme, which was kept under strict UN control.
On the Iranian side, it is indicated that they have made two proposals, one on “the removal of sanctions”, the other “on nuclear activities”.
Ali Bagheri, Iran’s chief negotiator, said: “Now the other side should examine these documents and prepare to negotiate with Iran based on the texts presented.”
– “serious desire” –
Before leaving for Tehran, Mr. Bagheri referred to “objections” prepared by Europeans. “I told him that this was normal because we were not going to present documents and suggestions that matched his point of view”, he explained on the official agency Irna.
He also reaffirmed his country’s “serious desire” to reach an agreement.
Iranian diplomacy chief Hossein Amir-Abdullahian, for his part, described a “good but generally slow process” during a telephone interview with his European counterpart Josep Borrell. And he wanted “a change in the attitude of some parties, who should drop their threatening comments”.
According to one of the European diplomats, “it is not possible to proceed on the basis that Tehran’s proposals cannot provide the basis for negotiations”.
In front of the Coborg Palace, where this historical text ended, the Chinese ambassador wanted to be less pessimistic, leading to “substantial discussion”.
“All sides have agreed to take a short break to take instructions. This is natural and necessary, and we hope that it will give new impetus to the talks, ”Wang Kun told reporters.
However, the French president felt during a visit to Dubai that it “should not be excluded” that the session “doesn’t reopen any time soon”.
Emmanuel Macron also called for “broad mobility” with countries in the region.
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