European diplomats express “disappointment and concern” in negotiations with Iran

European diplomats express "disappointment and concern" in negotiations with Iran

Coburg Palace, where the talks took place in Vienna on December 3, 2021 – AFP

The Europeans expressed Friday (3) their “disappointment and concern” over Iran’s position in the negotiations on its nuclear program, which resumed a few days ago in Vienna, according to what diplomats from the United Kingdom, France and Germany said, the E3 group.

“Tehran is backing away from almost every hard-to-find settlement” during the first round of talks between April and June, diplomats said.

They added that the delegations will return to their capitals at the end of this week and will resume negotiations “next week to see if these differences can be overcome or not.”

However, the sources indicated that “it is not clear how this gap can be filled in a realistic time frame based on the Iranian project.”

Despite these negative comments and the short time, European diplomats say they are “fully committed to finding a diplomatic solution”.

But they insisted, “time is running out.”

The Iran nuclear deal, signed in 2015 between the Islamic Republic and six major powers, the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (the United States, Russia, China, France and the United Kingdom) plus Germany, was broken in 2018 after the unilateral agreement. Withdrawal from the United States during the presidency of Donald Trump.

Iran responded by freeing itself from most of the commitments in the deal.

The Vienna negotiations are aimed at bringing the United States back into negotiations.

Last June, the parties left talks in the hope of a quick agreement, but the arrival of hardline conservative President Ibrahim Raissi to power in the Islamic Republic changed the situation.

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The 2015 agreement, the Joint Global Action Plan (JCPOA), offered Tehran to lift some of the sanctions choking its economy in return for a drastic reduction of its nuclear programme, which is under strict UN oversight.


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