An E3 diplomat who listened to the briefing of the talks said that E3’s nuclear negotiators — France, Germany, and the United Kingdom — told Iran’s negotiators to coordinate with the United States that the opening proposal they made in the Vienna nuclear talks this week was not serious and unacceptable.
Why is it important: The results of the first round of talks show that the differences between Iran and Western countries currently appear to be very wide and difficult to bridge.
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Big picture: This week Iranian negotiators led by Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Bagheri Kani submitted two new drafts in Vienna to reach agreement on the lifting of sanctions and the measures Iran needs to take in order to The 2015 nuclear agreement cancelled its nuclear program.
The E3 diplomat said that the draft sanctions relief is extreme and extremist. Compared with the draft agreement reached with the former Rouhani government in June last year, the Iranians have increased their sanctions relief requirements.
The second draft of Iran’s nuclear measures is also very tough. The E3 diplomat stated that the Iranians have cancelled all the compromise language they had previously agreed on about the measures they would take to cancel the nuclear program. In practice, the Iranians agreed to reduce restrictions on their nuclear program.
Newest: On Friday afternoon, the Vienna talks broke down after a meeting of the joint nuclear agreement committees including Iran, the European Union, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Russia and China.
Senior E3 diplomats said after the joint committee meeting that they were “disappointed and worried” about Iran’s proposed amendments to the draft text, which was negotiated during the six rounds of talks before Iran’s elections in June.
The E3 diplomat said: “Almost all the difficult compromises reached by Iran in months of difficult negotiations are shrinking and demanding substantial changes to the text.”
E3 diplomat said Since Iran has suspended negotiations for five months-during which it has accelerated its nuclear program-it is difficult to know whether the new differences in the negotiations can be bridged within a realistic time frame.
The diplomat stated that the delegations must return to the capital for consultations to assess next steps.
“Our government is still fully committed to the diplomatic approach. However, the window to achieve this goal is getting smaller and smaller,” the E3 diplomat said.
the other side: Nur News, a website close to the Supreme National Security Council of Iran, reported on Thursday evening: “Compared with the two proposals made by Iran, the West has not taken any initiative, which has slowed down the negotiation process.”
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