As the new Iranian government is about to take office, US officials emphasized that Iran will not try to renegotiate the understanding reached in Vienna to win more concessions.
Game status: The United States hopes to reach an agreement on returning to the 2015 nuclear agreement before the hardliner Ebrahim Raisi takes office. But after six rounds of talks, the Iranians suspended the negotiations until the new government formed its own negotiating team.
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Driving news: Raisi will take office next week and begin to fill his government posts.
According to reports, Ali Bagheri-Kani, a conservative diplomat and a major critic of the 2015 agreement, is the main candidate for the post of Minister of Foreign Affairs. If appointed, he will form a new negotiation team.
There has been a contradiction recently Tehran’s statement on nuclear negotiations.
The outgoing government members claimed that a draft agreement in line with Iran’s goals was already on the table, while the incoming team members stated that there was no such agreement and the understanding reached was insufficient.
Recent news reports indicate that Raisi intends to take a tougher line than his predecessor Hassan Rouhani.
the other side: A senior US official involved in the negotiations told me that the Biden administration is paying attention to Iran’s public debate, but has not heard any clear news about the position of the incoming government.
The official emphasized that the window for reaching an agreement will not last too long and that Iranians should return to the negotiating table as soon as possible.
The official said: “We also hope that they will not think that they will get more than the previous government because they are tougher.”
“This is not to be tougher, but to fully implement the terms of the 2015 nuclear agreement. The US position will not change, and the Iranians will not be able to re-enact the nuclear agreement, or if they do less and we do more. “
The official said there might be a little In the next few months, it is no longer worth going back to the 2015 agreement, because Iran’s nuclear program will evolve until the restrictions under the 2015 agreement will not produce the expected one-year “breakthrough time” to generate enough The enriched uranium of the bomb.
“There is an agreement on the table. If the Iranians want to lift the sanctions, they have a way to do it.”
Senior U.S. officials
Newest: In the last meeting with Rouhani’s outgoing government on Wednesday, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei sent an ominous signal about the future of nuclear negotiations.
What to see: Before Raisi took office, Iran had several protests triggered by water shortages and power outages, mainly around the water-scarce Khuzestan province. Protests also took place in Tehran and other cities, but the number of protesters was not high.
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