Iran nuclear talks end without progress — RT World News
EU mediator says Tehran and Washington failed to resolve outstanding issues in Qatar talks
The latest round of talks aimed at reviving the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers ended with little progress, officials said, as both sides blame each other for the stalled negotiations.
European Union mediator Enrique Mora noted the end of two days of « intense » talks in the Qatari capital on Wednesday, saying the United States and Iran have failed to make « the progress that the EU team… had hoped for. » He nevertheless stated that the delegations “continue to work with even more urgency” renew the nuclear deal, despite months of heated negotiations that yielded little result.
Two intense days of indirect talks in Doha on #JCPOA. Unfortunately, not yet the progress hoped for by the EU team as coordinator. We will continue to work with even greater urgency to get a key agreement for non-proliferation and regional stability back on track. @JosepBorrellFpic.twitter.com/eA1Wluif01
— Enrique Mora (@enriquemora_) June 29, 2022
Speaking to Axios, an unnamed senior US official insisted that Tehran was responsible for prolonging the talks, accusing its negotiators of raising “old problems solved for months”, as good as « new issues that are unrelated to the 2015 nuclear deal. »
« If there’s one party that needs to make a decision, it’s her – and it’s been her for months, » the official said, adding that although “A deal has been available for some time,” Iranian officials « showed no sense of urgency. »
According to an Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson quoted by Tasnim News, Mora will continue to hold talks with Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani on how to proceed with the nuclear talks, which were held in Vienna. , Austria, as well as in Doha, Qatar since. US President Joe Biden has taken office.
Tasnim, a semi-official media outlet, also reported that no progress had been made in Qatar, but instead blamed the US side for refusing to offer « guarantees for Iran’s economic benefits » related to the nuclear deal, also claiming that the delay in the negotiations was due to the « weakness of the Biden administration. »
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First signed in 2015 and officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the nuclear deal sought 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 has repeatedly confirmed Tehran’s compliance with the deal for years after it was struck, former US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the deal in 2018 and reimposed all previous US sanctions. Iran has responded by phasing out its own commitments under the JCPOA, insisting it will only return to full compliance after US sanctions are dropped.
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