BERLIN (AP) – European diplomats are expressing frustration with Iran’s stance in negotiations to save its tattered 2015 nuclear deal, saying they are wasting “time” precious time” to deal with Iran’s new demands, and “time is running out.” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday said diplomacy remained the best option but Washington was engaging with partners on alternatives.
Negotiations in Vienna between the remaining signatories of the 2015 agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, resumed last week in Vienna.
Diplomats from Britain, France and Germany have urged Tehran to return to “realistic proposals” after the Iranian delegation – representing the country’s new hardline government – had previously made numerous demands which other participants consider unacceptable.
Senior diplomats from the three European powers made it clear Monday night that things are still not improving despite “all the delegations pressing Iran is justified.” Russia and China are also part of the deal with Iran.
The United States was indirectly involved in the ongoing negotiations because it withdrew from the accord in 2018 under then-President Donald Trump. President Joe Biden has signaled that he wants to rejoin the deal.
“Up to this point, we have not been able to start real negotiations,” European diplomats said. “We are losing valuable time to address new Iranian positions that are inconsistent with the JCPOA or beyond that scope.”
They said the situation was very upsetting because of the outline of a “comprehensive and fair deal” that would remove all sanctions related to the nuclear deal while addressing nonproliferation concerns. Nuclear weapons appeared last summer.
“Time is running out,” they warned. “Without rapid progress, in light of Iran’s fast-forwarding of its nuclear program, the JCPOA will very quickly become an empty shell.”
The deal, signed in Vienna in 2015, is aimed at curbing Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for easing economic sanctions.
Following the US decision to withdraw and re-impose sanctions on Iran, Tehran has stepped up its nuclear program once again by enriching uranium beyond the threshold allowed in the agreement. Iran has also restricted the access of the United Nations atomic watchdog to its nuclear facilities, raising concerns about what it is doing out of sight.
Speaking to reporters in Jakarta, Blinken pointed to the frustration expressed by the European powers.
“We continue at this hour, this day to pursue diplomacy as it remains the best option up to this point, but we are actively engaging with our allies and partners on the issues of foreign policy,” he said. alternative choice”.
The AP’s Foreign Affairs writer Matthew Lee in Jakarta, Indonesia, contributed to this report.
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