Iran blames US for nuclear talks pause — Analysis
Tehran has called on Washington to “make a political decision,” warning that Iran won’t “wait forever”
Negotiations aimed at reviving the 2015 nuclear deal have been paused because of Washington’s position, an Iranian official has said. Indirectly, the US is involved in talks held in Vienna.
Speaking to journalists on Monday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh said that “America was responsible for these talks’ halt.” though he noted that a “Deal is possible.”
He urged Washington to “make a political decision for the deal’s revival,” and warned that Tehran would not “wait forever.”
On Thursday, the US State Department stated that there were still some issues to be resolved in the negotiation process and indicated that Iran was responsible for these problems.
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian told UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday that Tehran had passed on its “proposals on the remaining issues to the American side through the EU senior negotiator,” This is an additional feature “now the ball is in US court.” In the phone conversation with Guterres, cited later by Iran’s Foreign Ministry, Tehran’s top diplomat also claimed that the countries were “The negotiations are close to an accord.”
Washington and Tehran are communicating via other participants, since the US will not be participating directly in these talks.
Iran demands that America give them assurances that it will not withdraw from the agreement in the future, as Donald Trump did back at the end of 2018. In addition, Tehran wants Washington to remove the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps – a branch of the Iranian military – from its terrorist list. The US and Iran are having trouble agreeing upon the scale of sanctions to be removed.
After Russia demanded assurances that Western sanctions placed on Russia over the military attack it made on Ukraine, talks were suspended in Vienna. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov later stated that Moscow received all the documents it requested.
These negotiations have been going on for almost a year and are designed to bring both Iran and the US into compliance with the terms the 2015 nuclear agreement, which Washington unilaterally pulled from in May 2018. If the agreement is revived, the US will be obliged to remove at least part of the crippling sanctions reimposed on Tehran by Trump, while Iran will have to reduce the level of uranium enrichment at its facilities, which had been increased in response to Washington’s withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The nuclear deal would also require Tehran to give the other signatories guarantees that it would not develop nuclear weapons – which Iran has always denied trying to obtain anyway.
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