At the time of the easing of US sanctions, Iran’s centrifuges are fixed points while the election of Ebrahim Raisi puts talks on hold.
Washington may have to rethink its focus on Iran if the serious differences between the two countries in resuming compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal cannot be resolved “in the foreseeable future,” a senior US official.
“We still have serious differences. measures that both parties would take, ”the official told reporters at a conference call.
“This process will not be open forever,” added the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to the Reuters news service.
“We have differences and if we can’t overcome them in the foreseeable future, I think we’ll have to regroup and find out how … we’re moving forward.”
A sixth round of indirect talks between the United States and Iran was postponed on Sunday, two days after the toughest Ebrahim Raisi, the head of Iranian justice under US sanctions, was elected president of Iran. Raisi will have to take office in August.
The official said the U.S. delegation hoped to return to Vienna for a seventh round in the not-too-distant future, but did not know when – suggesting the key factor they would be Iranian internal consultations after the election of Raisi.
Iran signed an agreement with major powers in 2015 to curb its uranium enrichment program, a possible route to nuclear weapons, in exchange for the lifting of US sanctions by the Union. European and UN.
Former United States President Donald Trump he abandoned the deal in 2018 and again imposed harsh sanctions, prompting Tehran to begin violating some of the nuclear limits in 2019 while remaining in its position that it had no ambitions for nuclear weapons. U.S. President Joe Biden is looking to reclaim the deal.
The senior US official declined to detail the remnants of points in the talks, which are indirect because Iran refuses to sit next to the US. European diplomats are the main intermediaries.
An official involved in the talks said Iran’s enrichment with a large number of advanced centrifuges is an unresolved issue, as well as Iran’s demand to “verify” US compliance before halting its nuclear program.
This official said the verification meant relief from US sanctions, The export of part of Iran’s oil and its payment through an international bank before Tehran would take steps to make its program less capable of being used to make nuclear weapons.
Under the 2015 agreement, Iran was only allowed to use advanced centrifuges in small numbers and not accumulate enriched uranium.
A Western diplomat agreed that there was a major obstacle in sequencing the steps, with Iranians demanding immediate access to the US dollar and the international banking sector.
The Western diplomat also said that advanced centrifuges, which can produce highly enriched uranium more efficiently, were a point of attachment and suggested there was some possibility that Iran might retain some of them.
In a surprise move on June 23, the U.S. Department of Justice seized 36 websites with links to the Iranian state to participate in “disinformation campaigns and malicious influence operations,” attracted by quick criticism from Iranian officials.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry described the confiscation as an example of a “systematic effort to distort global freedom of expression and silence independent voices in the media,” adding that Iran will continue to issue by legal means.