aAli Bagheri Kani was not yet an Iranian nuclear negotiator, and he called the 2015 Vienna nuclear agreement a “betrayal”. Nor did he support the six rounds of negotiations held in Vienna with the aim of bringing the nuclear deal back into force. Representatives from Germany, France, Great Britain, Russia and China met from April to June of this year under the auspices of the then Iranian president. Hassan Rouhani | With state negotiators to save the deal. The United States was indirectly involved.
With the election of the hardliner Ibrahim Raisi as a new president, the thread of conversation broke. Bagheri Kani became the new deputy foreign minister and nuclear negotiator. On Wednesday, he spoke with his counterpart in Brussels for several hours IEnrique Moura. Both had already met in Tehran two weeks ago. In the late afternoon, Bagheri Kani announced that Iran was ready to return to the negotiating table in Vienna before the end of November. The date will be announced next week. The European Union has not yet confirmed this.
In Tehran, Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian announced his readiness to resume negotiations. He explained that the Iranian leadership wants quick results, especially the lifting of US sanctions. In May 2018, the then US President Donald Trump He announced the withdrawal of the United States from the agreement and the imposition of additional punitive measures against Tehran.
The deepening economic crisis in Iran appears to be one reason why the country is now abandoning its blockade. It also plays a role as Russia is frustrated with the Iranian leadership’s behavior and urges further negotiations. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said in early October that Washington was considering options other than diplomacy if Tehran continued to refuse to negotiate.
It is clear that Iran has used the time to expand its nuclear program and gain more negotiating power when talks resume. The Europeans, the United States and Russia want to resume the negotiations from where they ended in June, but Tehran’s statements can be understood as if Iran wants to renegotiate important paragraphs.
Bagheri Kani says the talks with Mora were very constructive. They served the purpose of discussing “remaining differences” before resuming nuclear negotiations, in order to conduct “result-oriented negotiations” in the future.
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