White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Friday that the Iranian government had failed to “make constructive proposals” in the Vienna nuclear talks, reiterating that Washington “always hopes” for a diplomatic approach.
At a press conference, Psaki indicated that the first six rounds of negotiations had succeeded in finding “creative solutions” to “many of the most difficult questions for both sides”.
“Unfortunately, Iran’s focus this week was not on resolving the pending issues,” he said, criticizing that “Iran has started these new negotiations with a new round of nuclear provocations, as reported by the International Organization for Nuclear Weapons,” Energy reported (IAEA) this Wednesday. “
“They still fail to come to an agreement with the IAEA to restore the cooperation and transparency that they have worsened over the past few months,” he continued.
However, Psaki has indicated that the current situation “cannot go on” and United States President Joe Biden “continues to believe that there is a better alternative”. “He is determined to get the United States to adhere to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and maintain compliance as long as Iran does the same. He’s serious, ”he remarked. “If Iran is equally committed, the solution is obvious. But we haven’t seen them do that this week,” he added.
For their part, diplomats from Germany, France and Great Britain, quoted by the German news agency DPA, have assured that Iran is adopting a “destructive stance” in the nuclear negotiations aimed at a return of the US to the pact and the commitment to Tehran with its fulfillment.
“Iran is breaking with almost all of the difficult obligations that were agreed in tough negotiations lasting several months,” they complained and warned that the window of time for a diplomatic solution to the nuclear dispute is “getting smaller and smaller”.
Meanwhile, Iran’s chief negotiator, Bagheri Kani, said in statements to Iranian news agency Mehr that Tehran had “underlined” its proposals to lift the “illegal” sanctions affecting the Asian country and ensured the parties’ return to their respective countries to give logical and documented answers to Iran’s proposals “. This means that the talks will be resumed “next week” as stated.
Iran has announced that it will withdraw its commitments on several points of the 2015 nuclear deal after the United States abandoned the pact, despite the Iranian authorities defending that these steps can be reversed if the United States lifts sanctions and adopts the deal to return . .
The United Nations, on the other hand, has reiterated that its position on the JCPOA has “not changed” and has encouraged all parties involved in the talks to “redouble their efforts” to work together towards the re-implementation of the agreement, as detailed in the conference journalist Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN Secretary General António Guterres.