Iran nuclear talks end without progress — Analysis
An European mediator stated that Washington and Tehran did not resolve any outstanding issues in negotiations with Qatar.
Officials said that the latest round of negotiations to revive 2015’s nuclear agreement between Iran and the world powers ended in a halt, with both sides blaming each other for the stagnation.
Enrique Mora, mediator for the European Union noted that two days had ended. “intense”On Wednesday, talks took place in Qatari capital. It was stated that Iran had failed to negotiate with the United States. “the progress the EU team… had hoped-for.”But he maintained that the delegations would. “keep working with even greater urgency”To renew the nuclear accord, in spite of many months spent on heated negotiations which had produced little.
Doha hosted two days of intense proximity talks #JCPOA. Unfortunately, the EU team is still not making the progress it had hoped for as a coordinator. To bring back a crucial deal for regional stability and non-proliferation, we will continue to work with greater urgency. @JosepBorrellFpic.twitter.com/eA1Wluif01
— Enrique Mora (@enriquemora_) June 29, 2022
Axios spoke to a senior US official who claimed Tehran is responsible for prolonging talks and accused its negotiators with raising their prices. “old issues that have been settled for months,”As well “new issues that are unrelated to the 2015 nuclear agreement.”
“If there is a side that needs to take a decision, it’s them – and it’s been them for months,”According to the official, “While “A deal has been available for some time,”Iranian officials “have not demonstrated any sense of urgency.”
Tasnim News quotes a spokesperson for the Iranian Foreign Ministry as saying that Mora will speak to Ali Bagheri Kani, Deputy FM, about the next steps in the nuclear negotiations, which were held in Vienna and Austria, as well as Doha (Qatar) since the US President Joe Biden was elected.
Tasnim, an official semi-official media outlet also reported there was no progress in Qatar. However, it blamed the US government for failing to provide any offer. “guarantees for Iran’s economic benefits” linked to the nuclear agreement, also claiming the the lagging negotiations were caused by the “weakness of the Biden administration.”
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First signed in 2015 and formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the nuclear deal was meant to impose strict safeguards on Iran’s nuclear energy program in exchange for sanctions relief from the West, namely Washington. While the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog repeatedly confirmed that Tehran was keeping to the agreement for years after it was struck, former US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the deal in 2018 and reimposed all prior American sanctions. Iran responded to the JCPOA by slowly reducing its commitments and insisting that it will resume full compliance once the US sanctions are lifted.
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