US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said on Wednesday that “the time is running out” for Iran to return to compliance with the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal, saying Washington would consider any option to meet the challenge posed by Tehran.
Blinken spoke to reporters after meeting in Washington with his Israeli counterpart Yair Lapid and US Secretary of State Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
“We are reaching a point where a return to compliance with the (nuclear deal with Iran) JCPOA will not reap the benefits of the JCPOA on its own, and that is why Iran is using this time to advance its nuclear program. program in various ways, “said the US Secretary of State.
Need for plan B
Speaking Wednesday in an online discussion hosted by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, US envoy to Iran Rob Maley said he felt “very likely” Tehran would never return to the JCPOA nuclear deal and spoke openly. the need for a Plan B to prevent the Islamic Republic from acquiring an atomic bomb.
“We believe that a return to the 2015 international agreement” will always be the best outcome, “Maley said.
“But we are realistic. “We know that there is at least a strong possibility that Iran will take a different path and we need to work with Israel and our other partners in the region.”
The US negotiator has announced that he will visit Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar in the coming days to discuss these two possibilities: “efforts to return” to the agreement, but also “what options do we have for controlling the nuclear program?” Iran if we do not return to the agreement. “
The JCPOA, concluded in 2015 between Iran on the one hand and the United States, the United Kingdom, China, Russia, France and Germany on the other, gave the Islamic Republic the lifting of some of its international sanctions in exchange for drastic reduction of its nuclear program.
But after the unilateral withdrawal of the Americans from the agreement in 2018, under the presidency of Donald Trump and the resumption of US sanctions, Tehran is increasingly falling short of the commitments it had made under the agreement to reduce its nuclear program.
Incumbent President Joe Biden has said he is ready to return to the deal on condition that Iran return to its commitments.
Indirect talks between Washington and Tehran, mediated by the other signatories to the deal, began in Vienna in April with the aim of rescuing the deal, but have been suspended since the election of a new Iranian president in June. The new Iranian government promises to return to the negotiating table quickly, but has not yet set a date, causing growing impatience on both the American and European sides.
“Critical” and not “usual” visit of the coordinator of the three European countries to Iran
The expected visit to Tehran by the European Union co-ordinator for talks on reviving the agreement cannot be considered “normal” given the escalation of Iran’s nuclear activities and the delay in negotiations since June, European diplomats said.
European diplomat Enrique Mora, who is leading talks to rescue the JPCOA, is due to hold talks with members of Iran’s nuclear negotiating team on Thursday, four months after the talks were suspended.
“The visit comes at an important time,” said diplomats from Britain, Germany and France, the European parties to the agreement, known as the E3.
“The situation in the nuclear sector is deteriorating and has been steadily deteriorating ever since,” he said, referring to Iran’s accelerating uranium enrichment to a higher cleavage potential, a possible path to building a nuclear bomb.
“For this reason, we do not see this visit as usual, but as a decisive visit to the crisis,” they concluded.
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