Tehran urges to continue nuclear talks amid Western pessimism

Tehran urges to continue nuclear talks amid Western pessimism

US and Iranian officials blame each other for reopening settled cases


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Mora records remarks at press conference in Tehran on June 25, 2022 (AFP) – Bagheri Kani and Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian in Tehran on June 23, 2022 (AFP)

London – Tehran: Asharq Al-Awsat

Iranian officials have insisted on continuing indirect negotiations between Tehran and Washington, at a time when Western diplomats are pessimistic about reviving the 2015 nuclear deal, following the failure of the latest round hosted by Doha.
“After the Doha talks, we will coordinate the next phase of talks with the European Union,” Iranian Ambassador to the United Nations Majid Takht Ravanchi said on Twitter. hard to get.
Takht Ruanchi referred to what he said during a Security Council session on Thursday night to discuss the latest report issued by United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on the implementation of the 2015 Security Council resolution on the nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
“Iran has asked the United States for objective and verifiable guarantees, such as that the JCPOA will not be blown up again, the United States will not violate its obligations again, and sanctions will not be reinstated under other pretexts or names,” Rawanchi said in his participation. “We were serious about the Doha talks, which were serious and positive,” he said. “Our negotiating team is ready to participate again in a constructive way to reach an agreement.”
US, British and French diplomats in the UN Security Council have blamed Iran for the failure of efforts to revive the agreement after more than a year of negotiations.
At the same time, new details leaked from the messages exchanged in the indirect talks that took place between the US special envoy for Iran, Rob Malley, and the chief Iranian negotiator, Ali Bagheri Kani, mediated by the envoy of the European Union, Enrique Mora , in Doha between Tuesday and Wednesday.
A US official told Reuters on condition of anonymity that differences became greater after the unsuccessful talks this week. He added, “The prospects of reaching an agreement to Doha are worse than they were before Doha and will get worse day by day.” “You can describe the Doha negotiations at best as shaky and at worst as a regression,” he said. But at this stage, practicality means going backwards. ”
The US official did not elaborate on the Doha talks, but said: “Their vague demands and the reopening of previously settled issues and requests that are clearly not related to the joint comprehensive plan of action (the nuclear deal) all to us … that the actual conversation that should (not) take place between Iran and the United States to resolve the remaining issues … but between Iran and Iran to resolve the basic issue of whether they are interested in a reciprocal return to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. ” “At this stage I am not sure if they (the Iranians) know what they want,” he said. They did not come to Doha with details. “Some of the things they brought, whether they knew or should have known, could not be completely acceptable to us and to the Europeans.”
The US official said that since the talks began in April 2021, Washington has made it clear that it cannot give legal guarantees to Iran that any subsequent US administration will abide by the agreement. He added, “We have said that there is no legal way that will allow us to force a future administration to do anything, so we have been looking for other ways to provide that can reassure Iran … and we have believed this file was locked. “
Each team of US and Iranian officials blamed the others for the lack of progress. The head of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, Vahid Jalalzadeh, said in statements to state television about the Doha talks that “we have not reached an agreement with America on two issues, the economic benefits are one of them. The “The United States is not ready to provide guarantees to Iran, even for the end of the Biden era.” The issue of guarantees for sensitive activities, and the guarantees demanded by Iran, as well as the list of Iranian “red lines” are among the outstanding issues between Tehran and Washington.
On the other hand, Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi has repeatedly sharply criticized Washington in a phone call that took place on Thursday night with the Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani.
The Iranian presidency said in a statement issued by Tehran’s official media yesterday that “Raisi has emphasized Iran’s clear stance on the lifting of sanctions.” “The repeated accusations and allegations against the Islamic Republic during the talks show the political objectives in the negotiation process,” he said, noting that his country “considers unilateral sanctions to be unfair, illegal and unfair and determined to defend its rights. ” “The permanent agreement requires the lifting of sanctions and the unconditional waiver of unfounded allegations,” he added.
However, the US official who spoke to Reuters rejected Tehran’s accusation of Washington’s responsibility for the lack of progress, stressing that Washington had responded ‘positively’ to the changes proposed by the European Union to the draft agreement reached during the broader talks were reached in March, while no Iran responded to these proposed changes.
The official warned that if the nuclear deal is not revived, “the Iranian leadership will have to explain why they have turned their backs on the benefits of the deal for issues that will not make a positive difference in the life of a single Iranian citizen. not. “The U.S. official did not provide details of those cases.
Yesterday, Bloomberg Agency reported, citing unnamed well-informed diplomatic sources, that diplomatic efforts are likely to resume after US President Joe Biden’s visit to the region in the middle of this month.
Two European diplomats with direct knowledge of the Doha negotiations have said that although the talks have not progressed, efforts to revive the agreement are expected to continue after the July deadline proposed by the International Atomic Energy Agency. A third source familiar with the talks also said that efforts could be resumed in the capital of Katari after Biden’s visit to the region.
The Atomic Energy Council of Governors has condemned Iran for its failure to investigate the secret sites. At the June 9 meeting, Rafael Grossi, director of nuclear energy, said inspectors could no longer verify Iran’s nuclear activities allowed under the agreement if a diplomatic settlement was not reached within a month.
A European diplomat said the Iranian negotiating team had reiterated its criticism of “nuclear energy” due to the adoption of the resolution, which called on Iran to cooperate with international inspectors. Another European diplomat said that although “nuclear energy” inspectors could “to a high degree” verify that Iran did not say it had retrieved any of its declared nuclear material, there was a belief about what was inside the country’s centrifuge. workshops happen.
Inspectors fear Iran is benefiting from the diplomatic stalemate by hiding uranium enrichment in an unknown location, according to Bloomberg.
Yesterday, the state-run ISNA news agency quoted the director of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization, Mohammad Eslami, as saying that “Iran has proven the security of its nuclear activities,” and hopes that “the nuclear negotiating team, with strong and legal inferences, will can remove this evil from the people (…) ”.
Islami accused Israel of “permanently trying” to impede Iranian activities, citing the investigation the IAEA is seeking to complete, saying: “Israel claims to have stolen 50,000 pages of related documents with Iran’s core activities, and it leaks a number of papers every now and then. Well, those are the guarantees. ” »With reference to the protocol to which he agreed during the nuclear negotiations to verify his previous efforts to develop nuclear weapons. “We once negotiated guarantees, and this issue was closed, but it is raised in every round of negotiations,” Eslami said.
The Doha talks were present in the political part of the Friday sermons, reflecting the positions of the Iranian leader. In turn, runner Ahmad Alam Al-Huda, the representative of the Iranian leader and Friday preacher, criticized the Doha talks, describing them as “America’s trap”. “They moved the negotiations from Vienna to Qatar so that we could reverse our positions,” he said. But Alam Al-Huda, father-in-law, Ibrahim Raisi, expressed his satisfaction, saying: “The Iranian negotiating team has not backed down from the Americans.”
The hard-hitting Ahmad Khatami, the representative of the Iranian leader and Friday preacher, said in Tehran yesterday: “It is as if America has given up everything and Iran is chasing … If Iran is weak, it will not make much of this effort “The European Union, which is going with the United States, is now all its concerns about Iran.”


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