Washington expressed its regret over the lack of progress between Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency, considering that Tehran’s position is a “bad sign.”
This came a few days before the major powers resumed talks with Tehran over its nuclear program in Vienna on the 29th of this month.
“We thank the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, for his efforts, and we are disappointed that Iran missed the opportunity that was offered to it to cooperate,” a US State Department spokesman told AFP.
Earlier today, Wednesday, the US envoy to Iran, Robert Malley, said in a press statement, “If Tehran chooses not to return to the nuclear agreement, we will have to discuss other endeavors, including diplomacy, to confront its nuclear ambitions.”
He continued, “Let’s see what Tehran will say in the nuclear talks, but the signals from it are not very encouraging.”
During the past months, Iran has been procrastinating a lot in returning to the negotiating table, and has intensified its violations of international obligations over its nuclear program, increasing uranium enrichment to alarming levels, as well as obstructing the work of international inspectors.