The United States and its Persian Gulf allies on Wednesday sent a joint warning to Iran, accused of “causing a nuclear crisis” and destabilize the Middle East.
“All participants urged the new Iranian government to seize the diplomatic opportunity “, linked to the Vienna negotiations, to honor the Iran nuclear agreement” to prevent conflicts and crises “, asked Washington and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) in a joint statement, following a meeting in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia.
Indirect negotiations between the Americans and Iranians should resume at the end of November, with the aim of revive the 2015 agreement, designed to prevent Tehran from acceding to the atomic bomb and from which the United States withdrew in 2018. In retaliation, Iran began violating limits on its nuclear program set out in the agreement.
The representatives of the United States, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, Oman and Kuwait they condemned the “aggressive and dangerous policies” attributed to Tehran, including “the proliferation and direct use of advanced ballistic missiles” and drones.
“Iran’s support for armed militias throughout the region and its ballistic missile program pose a clear threat to security and stability,” they warned.
These Persian Gulf countries have “informed” Washington “of their efforts to build effective diplomatic channels with Iran” to promote a stress reduction, supported by a US military deterrent.
Nevertheless, “These diplomatic efforts will fail if Iran continues to provoke a nuclear crisis”The United States and the GCC also warned.
For its part, Iran assured this Wednesday that the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi, will pay a visit to Tehran on Monday, November 22., days after the Iranian authorities announced that they had extended an invitation for him to travel to the country to resume contacts with the Government.
IAEA spokesman Behruz Kamalvandi stressed that Grossi will meet with Iranian Foreign Minister Hosein Amirabdolahian during Tuesday’s meeting in the framework of cooperation between Iran and the international body, which has not yet commented on Grossi’s possible displacement to Tehran, as reported by the Iranian news agency Mehr.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Said Khatibzadé said Monday that Tehran had sent a invitation to Grossi to that he would soon make a visit to the country, given the restart on November 29 of contacts in Vienna on the 2015 nuclear agreement.
Grossi last week accused the Iranian authorities of unwillingness to carry out negotiations, after more than three months without contact with the new government after the arrival to the presidency of the ultra-conservative Ebrahim Raisi.
Iran has announced the withdrawal of its commitments on several of the points of the 2015 nuclear agreement after the United States left the pact, although the Iranian authorities have defended that these steps can be reversed if the United States withdraws the sanctions and returns to the agreement. .
(With information from AFP and EuropaPress)
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