Nuclear negotiations.. Washington warns Tehran of international isolation and Iran criticizes new sanctions
US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan warned Iran that it risks falling into new isolation if it does not show seriousness in the new round of the Vienna nuclear negotiations, which will resume on Thursday, while Tehran criticized new US sanctions against it, and said that it would not constitute a pressure card on it in the negotiations.
And the US National Security Adviser said, in a press conference, that whenever Iran showed a lack of seriousness in the Vienna negotiations regarding its nuclear program, it exposed itself to isolation during these negotiations, and the US official stressed that the ball is in Tehran’s court to show its desire to revive the nuclear agreement concluded in 2015. between it and the major world powers.
Sullivan’s statement came hours after Iran announced the resumption of the seventh round of the Vienna talks on Thursday, after it stopped last Friday after the parties participating in the negotiations requested time to study proposals made by Iran regarding lifting US sanctions on it.
France is pessimistic
On Tuesday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian expressed his lack of optimism about the resumption of the Vienna nuclear negotiations, and said that he feared that the new Iranian negotiating team was trying to gain time. Le Drian added before a French parliamentary committee that the discussions in the negotiations were not encouraging, because “we feel That the Iranians want to keep it going, and the longer the talks last, the more they will retreat from their commitments…the closer they are to being able to acquire a nuclear weapon.”
The French foreign minister said that the discussions that took place in the seventh round of the Vienna negotiations are not encouraging, “because we feel that the Iranians want to make them continue, and the longer the talks last, the more they will retreat from their commitments … and the closer they are to their ability to acquire a nuclear weapon.”
France said earlier on Tuesday that the proposals put forward by Tehran in the seventh round of negotiations do not constitute a “reasonable basis” for reviving the Iranian nuclear agreement. Germany also described Iran’s proposals as unacceptable, warning that time is running out for Tehran.
Last Friday, the Europeans expressed their “disappointment and concern” over Iranian demands, and senior diplomats from France, Germany and Britain said that “Tehran is backing away from all the hard-to-reach settlements” during previous rounds of the Vienna negotiations.
The Vienna negotiations seek to revive the 2015 agreement, which restricted Iran’s nuclear program to prevent the country from acquiring a nuclear weapon in exchange for the abolition of international sanctions imposed on Iran. However, the administration of former US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the agreement in 2018, and re-imposed a successive package of sanctions. And stress on Iran, which prompted the latter to gradually abandon many of its obligations stipulated in the agreement.
On the other hand, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said that the sanctions imposed by Washington yesterday on Iranian entities are “useless and will not constitute a pressure card” in the Vienna negotiations, and Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh explained in a tweet on Twitter that the new US sanctions on Iranian entities “predict the lack of Seriousness and good faith.
Iran had defended the proposals it made during the seventh round of the Vienna negotiations, and the Iranian Foreign Ministry said it was a “very useful and constructive initiative that would push the negotiation process forward.”
On Tuesday, the US Treasury announced sanctions that include security institutions and leaders of the Iranian army and police, accusing them of committing grave human rights violations. The sanctions target the anti-terror special forces, as well as the commander of the Basij forces (mobilization) in Iran, Gholam Reza Soleimani.
In a related context, the Russian presidency said on Tuesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden stressed during their summit the importance of the Vienna negotiations on the Iranian nuclear issue, and their hope that they would proceed in a constructive manner that meets the interests of all. According to the Kremlin, Putin assured Biden the need to implement the Iran nuclear agreement in its basic form.