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Authors: Arshad Mohammed and Jan Wolfe
Reuters, Washington, December 4-A senior U.S. State Department official stated that Iran has abandoned any compromises made during negotiations to restore the 2015 nuclear agreement with major powers, and included the compromises of other countries, and More demands were made during the indirect US-Iran talks this week. The official said.
The official, who asked not to be named, said this week that Tehran’s position in the first such talks in more than five months has disappointed not only the United States and its European allies, but also China and Russia. Shanghai is more sympathetic to Iran.
When the official emphasized that the United States still hopes to restore the agreement, Iran restricts its nuclear program in exchange for the relief of economic sanctions, but the official told reporters that time is running out.
The indirect negotiations between the United States and Iran to save the deal are held at https://www.reuters.com/markets/commodities/iran-nuclear-talks-break-europe-dismayed-by-tehran-demands-2021-12-03. In Vienna, European officials also expressed disappointment at the overall demands of Iran’s tough government.
The latest talks were the first with delegates sent by Iran’s anti-Western President Ebrahim Raisi, who was elected in June and whose government had said it needed time to prepare for fresh talks after the six rounds between April and June.
Senior U.S. officials stated that Iran used time to speed up https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/iran-starts-enriching-with-advanced-machines-fordow-during-deal-talks-2021-12- 01 Its nuclear program used a “provocative” way to obstruct the UN nuclear supervisory agency’s responsibility to monitor its compliance with the agreement.
While seeking to let the talks half open, the official accused Iran of “there is no…a reason for mutual resumption of compliance” in the initial agreement reached with the United Kingdom, China, France, Germany, Russia, and the United States.
However, Tehran has shifted the blame to Washington and pointed out that then President Donald Trump had let the United States withdraw from the agreement in 2018 and re-imposed US sanctions, prompting Iran to violate nuclear restrictions starting in 2019.
The 2015 agreement imposed strict restrictions on Iran’s uranium enrichment activities, extending the time it takes to produce enough fissile material for nuclear weapons from about two to three months to at least one year.
Iran denies seeking nuclear weapons, saying it only wants to master nuclear technology for peaceful purposes.
He said that if the negotiations fail, it is unclear whether China and Russia will increase economic pressure on Iran, but he said that their positions may change.
“They are also very shocked by the extent to which Iran retreats to their own compromises, and then redouble their efforts on its requirements,” he said. “From a diplomatic point of view, they do have a sense of disappointment.”
The U.S. official stated that he did not know when the next round of talks would resume — others had already indicated next week — and that the date was not as important as Iran’s willingness to negotiate.
US officials have stated that if they cannot resume the transaction, they will consider other options. This term is understood to include military possibilities, no matter how remote.
Iranian air defense system launched missiles as part of the exercise https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/iranian-news-agency-says-blast-heard-above-natanz-site-nuclear-facilities-2021 -12 -04 Saturday, over the town of Natanz, where there are nuclear facilities, the national television said after local residents reported hearing the big explosion.
(Reporting by Arshad Mohammed and Jan Wolfe; additional reporting by the Dubai News Editorial Office; writing by Arshad Mohammed and editing by Jonathan Oatis)