“The first six rounds of negotiations made progress, finding creative compromise solutions to many of the hardest issues that were difficult for all sides,” a State Department spokesperson said. “Iran’s approach this week was not, 残念ながら, to try to resolve the remaining issues.”
US Special Envoy for Iran Rob Malley and his team are on their way back to Washington, DC, 広報担当者は言った.
Senior European diplomats said Tehran is walking back almost all of the difficult compromises crafted after months of hard work in previous rounds of talks and demanding major changes. “After thorough examination, we are disappointed and worried about the changes suggested by Iran to the texts that had been text negotiated during the previous six rounds of talks in Vienna,” they told reporters.
Negotiators will be returning to their capitals to assess the situation and seek instructions before reconvening next week to see whether gaps can be closed or not, the European diplomats said. “Our governments remain fully committed to a diplomatic way forward. But time is running out,” 彼らは言った.
Blinken said Friday that “even Russia and China are clearly frustrated with what Iran is doing or not doing in these talks.”
“We’re going to be consulting very closely and carefully with all of our partners in the process itself — the European countries, as well as Russia and China — but also with other very concerned countries, with Israel with the Gulf countries, and we will see if Iran has any interest in engaging seriously, but the window is very, very tight,” he said at a Reuters event.
The European diplomats noted that since Iran interrupted negotiations, それ “has fast-forwarded its nuclear program. 今週, it has backtracked on diplomatic progress made.” They said that on the basis of the Iranian drafts, it was unclear how the gaps between the two sides could be closed.
The Iran nuclear deal originally committed the US and allies to ease sanctions on Iran in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program. After former President Donald Trump pulled the US from the deal in May 2018, the US ramped up sanctions and after about a year, Iran began deviating from the agreement, restarting its nuclear program.
The top US diplomat called Trump’s decision to abandon the pact “a disastrous mistake” because Tehran “has used that as an excuse, despite the maximum pressure applied against Iran, to also renege on its commitments under the agreement and to inexorably rebuild the nuclear program that the agreement had put in a box” — a stance that Israeli leaders have also taken publicly.
He noted that even as talks restarted this week, Iran made new nuclear developments. Tehran has ignored calls to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Association. The IAEA reported Wednesday that Iran had started producing uranium enriched to 20% using advanced centrifuges at its Fordow site and that it rebuffed calls to allow the IAEA access to its Karaj nuclear site.
“What is not acceptable and what we will not allow to happen is for Iran to try to drag out this process while continuing to move forward inexorably in building up its program,” まばたきは言った.
“Iran has some very important decisions to make in the days ahead,” 彼は言った. “We’re either going to get back into compliance with the agreement, or we’re going to have to look at dealing with this problem in other ways.”