While hopes faded regarding the resumption of the nuclear negotiations, which concluded during the past six rounds without reaching an agreement, Washington confirmed that it had not yet received any answer from Tehran.
The US special envoy to Iran, Robert Malley, stressed that the US administration cannot wait forever for the new Iranian government to make its decision on resuming nuclear negotiations in order to revive the agreement signed between Tehran and Western countries in 2015, which Washington withdrew from in 2018.
He also added in an interview with “Bloomberg” agency, on Friday, “We cannot wait forever while Iran continues its nuclear progress,” considering that this progress will make a return to the nuclear agreement at a certain stage, of great value to the United States.
However, he stressed at the same time that his country is ready to continue the indirect talks that started last April in Vienna.
From Vienna (archive – The Associated Press)
set of penalties
It is noteworthy that Mali had put question marks about the fate of the nuclear agreement and negotiations in previous statements. “Given the low level of Iran’s cooperation, reviving the agreement is not our responsibility alone,” he said in an interview last month with the American newspaper Politico.
He also added at the time that returning to the agreement is not something that the US administration can fully control, especially in light of the Iranians’ lack of cooperation.
When asked about the options in case the United States and Iran fail to agree on the terms in the coming months, the envoy said that his team has prepared some contingency plans, adding that one of them includes the possibility of Washington and Tehran signing a completely separate agreement, with different parameters from the current nuclear agreement.
In front of the Grand Hill Hotel, where the Vienna negotiations on the Iran nuclear deal took place (Archive – Reuters)
As for the other option, according to Mali, to re-impose a set of sanctions in coordination with European allies, but he did not explain in detail what those sanctions were.
Conflicting Iranian statements
On the other hand, several conflicting Iranian statements have been issued on this file, since the election of the new president, Ibrahim Raisi, some of which blamed the US administration for obstructing the negotiations, while others hinted at a change in the approach of those talks without clarifying what this means, although the Minister The Foreign Ministry, Hussein Amir Abdollahian, announced that his country is ready to negotiate.
However, at the same time, he described the behavior of the United States as irresponsible, and also accused the European Union of “negativity.”
It is noteworthy that since last April, the nuclear negotiations began in Vienna with the indirect participation of the US administration, but after several rounds of talks they did not reach to revive the agreement signed in 2015. They stopped last July, amid an atmosphere of continuing differences over a number of core issues .