Iran raises demands in nuclear negotiations
Iran–According to US special envoy Robert Malley, Iran has made significant strides in uranium enrichment and is impeding discussions on a resurrected nuclear deal by putting forth a number of unrelated demands.
Since March, talks in Vienna aimed at reviving the failed 2015 deal have stalled; attempts to resolve the impasse last week in Qatar failed. Malley claimed that Tehran has “added demands, things that they’ve desired in the past, things that I think anyone looking at this would perceive as having nothing to do with the nuclear deal.”
“While we’re ready to have that conversation, it’s not the one that truly has to happen right now between us and Iran. Iran must decide for itself. They must determine if they are currently ready to resume compliance with the deal.
After the US withdrew from the agreement in 2018, Iran increased its uranium enrichment, and according to Malley, it is now considerably closer to obtaining enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon. He stated, “Of course, the progress they’ve made in the enrichment industry has us and our allies concerned.
Josep Borrell, the head of EU foreign policy, cautioned on Tuesday that the time to save the agreement was running out. “Decisions must be made now if we are to reach an agreement. This is still feasible, but the political landscape may soon become more constrained.
New Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid claimed during a trip to Paris that Iran was “violating the accord and continuing to expand its nuclear program.”
Emmanuel Macron, the president of France, pledged to use all of his influence to persuade Tehran to return to the negotiating table and see sense.