“There will be no bilateral talks between the delegation of Iran and the United States in Vienna”, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Said Jatibzade said at his weekly press conference. As in the six editions held so far – paralyzed for five months by the Iranian elections – Negotiations to save the nuclear deal will come indirectly from Iran‘s refusal to sit at the same table as the Americans.
Thus, the delegations of Russia, China, Germany, France and the United Kingdom, coordinated by the European Union (EU), will meet with the delegation of Iran in a luxurious hotel in Vienna. But the United States will follow the meeting through intermediaries from another point in the city.
In this new meeting it takes place in a environment of mistrust between all parties and with the Iranians closer to the ability to make a bomb. The government of the new Iranian president, Ebrahim Raisí, demands that The United States removes economic sanctions against the country and offers guarantees that it will not abandon a new nuclear deal as happened in 2018 with the administration of former President Donald Trump.
Washington then unilaterally abandoned the pact signed between Iran and Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom and Germany, and the United States itself, and re-imposed sanctions against Tehran. After a year of “strategic patience”, Iran responded with the production of more uranium and purity than allowed in 2019, and this year it reached a level of 60%, closer to the limit necessary for an atomic bomb (90%).
After the coming to power of the current US president, Joe Biden, new negotiations began between Iran and the six great powers (Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom and Germany, and the United States of indirect form), but those contacts were paralyzed after six meetings in June before the Iranian general elections. At the same time, the The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has warned for months that its inspectors do not have the necessary access in Iran to ensure verification of nuclear activities.
With information from EFE
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