Walla Walla: "Progress in nuclear talks with Iran is slow and painfully slow"
In early February, the Biden administration's unofficial deadline for talks with Iran is expected to expire.
US officials make it clear that in order to reach an Iran agreement it will have to accelerate the pace of progress in negotiations with the powers in Vienna or slow down the pace of progress of its nuclear program to buy more time for diplomacy
Wednesday, 19 January, 2022, 23:29 Updated: 23:51
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Nuclear talks between the powers and Iran opened in Vienna (Photo: Reuters, edited by Aviad Ballali)
To reach a nuclear deal, Iran will have to accelerate the pace of progress in negotiations with the powers in Vienna
or slow down the pace of progress of its nuclear program to buy more time for diplomacy, he told Walla!
The 2015 nuclear deal. Former US President Donald Trump decided in May 2018 to withdraw from the nuclear deal.
As a result Iran has begun to remove restrictions on its nuclear program and has made great progress on the road to nuclear weapons.
The talks in Vienna are between Iranian negotiating teams and diplomats from Russia, China, France, Germany, Britain and the European Union.
The Biden administration has set the end of January or the beginning of February as an unofficial deadline for nuclear talks.
The main reason for this is that the Americans believe that within a very few weeks the Iranian nuclear program will cross a technological threshold that will make the 2015 nuclear deal ineffective and irrelevant for good.
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Representatives of the powers and Iran at the nuclear talks in Vienna, Austria, November 29, 2021 (Photo: Reuters)
The senior US administration official said there had been some real progress in the nuclear talks with Iran but it was "slow and painless". He said there were gaps and disagreements on all issues at the heart of the negotiations with Iran
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Another controversial issue concerns the guarantees that Iran wants to receive to ensure that a future US administration does not withdraw from the nuclear deal once again as Trump did and will re-impose sanctions. The US official noted that the US had sent messages to the Iranians several times during the talks stating that it could not give such guarantees, but at the same time clarified what it could do to allay Iranian concerns.
"We are the closest we have ever been to an agreement but also the closest we have ever been to an explosion of negotiations," said the senior U.S. official who is participating in the talks. "We are ready and want to reach an agreement soon.
But we are also prepared and prepared for the possibility that the talks will run aground - something that if it happens will symbolize the final death of the nuclear agreement. "
"Close to the agreement, but also to the explosion of negotiations". Iranian missile launched into space, December 2021 (Photo: screenshot, Tasnim News Agency)
Talks in Vienna are expected to continue in the coming weeks but the US official said they would not be able to last much longer.
The United States and other powers have made it clear to the Iranians
that if they need more time for diplomacy they must slow down their nuclear program to add time to the clock.
They will not slow down their nuclear program - we are all in the wall. "
At this point, the efforts of all countries involved in talks are focused back on the 2015 nuclear deal and not on one interim agreement," the senior US official said. This, in a scenario where the talks come to a dead end it is quite possible that the possibility of an interim agreement will re-emerge.