Unlike US, Iran says nuclear talks in Doha were ‘positive’

Indirect talks between Iran and the US in Qatar this week aimed at reviving the 2015 nuclear deal were “positive”, Iran’s top diplomat said, contradicting the US State Department that no progress had been made.

“Our assessment of the recent talks in Doha is positive,” Iranian state media quoted Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdullahian as telling his Qatari counterpart by phone on Wednesday.

Amir-Abdullahian said, “We are serious about reaching a good, strong and lasting agreement, and if America is realistic, a deal can be done.”

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Talks between the US and Iran began in Doha on Tuesday, with both sides holding talks indirectly through EU envoy Enrique Mora as Tehran refused to hold direct talks with Washington.

“They ended Wednesday without the progress the EU team had expected as a coordinator,” Mora said on Twitter on Wednesday.

“We will continue to work with even greater urgency to get back on track an important deal for non-proliferation and regional stability,” he said.

The US State Department blamed Iran, saying no progress had been made during the talks. “We are disappointed that Iran has once again failed to respond positively to EU initiatives and therefore no progress has been made.”

“Iran has raised issues completely unrelated to the JCPOA and is apparently unwilling to make a substantive decision on whether it wants to revive the deal or bury it,” the State Department said.

United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) policy director, Jason Brodsky, told Al Arabiya English: “Iran’s positive assessment of the talks means that “the process is expected to proceed as long as possible to buy time.” “

“From Iran’s point of view, the situation is positive: it counts to E3 (Britain, France and Germany) and the US will never leave the tables and impose meaningful costs while pursuing its nuclear program; it must be kept in check amid loose sanctions and high prices. China has to export its oil; and build what it sees as a resistance economy,” Brodsky said.

“Iran thinks it just has to offer another meeting, is excited, and tell all the curious moderators like Qatar and the European Union what they want to hear – and nothing will change. And is up to the US,” he said.

“Iran only loses from the breakdown of nuclear talks because it would trigger snapback sanctions.”

Before the talks in Doha, the US and Iran engaged for more than a year in indirect talks in Vienna aimed at reviving the 2015 deal.

Talks stalled in March, reportedly over an Iranian demand to remove the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) from the US Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) list. The US had declared the IRGC as a foreign terrorist organization in 2019 under the leadership of former President Donald Trump.

The talks in Doha may be the last chance to revive the deal, given the progress Iran has made in its nuclear program.

The 2015 deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), offered Iran sanctions relief in exchange for sanctions on its nuclear program.

Trump withdrew Washington from the deal in 2018 and imposed sweeping sanctions on Tehran, saying the deal failed to address Iran’s ballistic missile program and regional activities, and that it blocked Iran’s path to nuclear weapons. not blocked.

Iran, which insists its nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes, violated most of the sanctions of the agreement, expanding its nuclear program.

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