European Countries Disappointed With Iran Nuclear Talks
European diplomats have expressed disappointment and concern over the progress of talks to restore the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.
After a new round of talks lasting five days in Vienna, they conclude that the regime in Tehran has again proposed major changes that would undermine compromises previously made.
Some of them, they say, are incompatible with the agreement, and it is unclear how the gap can be bridged. No breakthrough was expected either. The talks, which had been suspended for five months, are expected to continue next week. According to Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, the talks are “going well, but slowly in all respects”.
Diplomats from Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Russia and China mediated between Iran and the United States in the Austrian capital. In 2018, under then-President Trump, they withdrew from the agreement that restricts Iran’s nuclear program and imposed heavy sanctions on Iran again. The fundamentalist regime then stepped up its nuclear program.
The new administration in Washington wants the Iranians to curb their nuclear program in such a way that the development of nuclear weapons remains out of reach. Iran’s rulers demand that the US withdraw sanctions.