Iran nuclear talks remain ‘at a standstill’

The Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who arrived in Tehran on Thursday for a one-day visit, met Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi while the European Union coordinator for the Iranian nuclear negotiations, Enrique Mora , held talks with Iran’s chief negotiator Ali Bagheri for the second day in a row, according to the official Irna news agency.

“As for the negotiations in Vienna, Qatar always sees them positively,” Sheikh Tamim told a joint press conference with Ebrahim Raisi, adding that “the only solution to any disagreement is dialogue. and peaceful means”. “We are pushing all parties” to reach an agreement that is “fair” for everyone, he added.

Warning against ‘interference by foreign countries’

Ebrahim Raïssi did not mention the nuclear issue during the press conference, but warned against “any interference from foreign countries, including Western countries”, which “will undermine regional security”. A close ally of Washington, Qatar also maintains close ties with Iran.

In parallel with the Qatari emir’s discussions with the Iranian president, Enrique Mora continued his discussions with the Iranian chief negotiator, according to Irna. His role is “to do whatever he can to save the deal,” according to EU spokesman Peter Stano. Enrique Mora “is in Tehran to advance these discussions, to be able to return to Vienna and conclude them in a positive way”, he added. On Saturday, the head of EU diplomacy, Josep Borrell, had described in the Financial Times the mission of Enrique Mora in Tehran as “the last cartridge”.

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Negotiations launched a year ago in Vienna between Tehran and the major powers for a relaunch of the 2015 agreement, supposed to frame Iran’s nuclear program, have been stalled since March.

Pessimism

Discussions between Western powers and Tehran on Iranian nuclear power are “at a standstill”, a French diplomatic source said Thursday. “We are quite pessimistic”, declared this source while estimating that “Iran would make a mistake by playing the watch”. On Tuesday, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi said he was “very” of the situation, denouncing a lack of Iranian cooperation.

Tehran has been engaged for a year in direct negotiations with France, Germany, Great Britain, Russia and China, and indirect with the United States, to relaunch the JCPOA, an agreement concluded in 2015 on its program nuclear, but from which Washington unilaterally withdrew in 2018.

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