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Iran has taken a destructive stance in the recently reinitiated nuclear negotiations, according to high-ranking European diplomats. “Iran is breaking with almost all the difficult compromises that were agreed as the result of several months of hard negotiations,” German, French and British negotiators said on Friday.
The window of opportunity for a diplomatic solution in the nuclear dispute is getting smaller and smaller, they warned. The United States was also unimpressed with Iran’s showing at the talks.
“The new Iranian administration did not come to Vienna with constructive proposals,” Jen Psaki, spokesperson for US President Joe Biden, told reporters in Washington.
Much progress has been made in previous negotiations, but Iran was no longer concerned with resolving the remaining issues in dispute, she said. After five days of talks in Vienna, the delegations returned to their countries and are to meet again next week in the Austrian capital. The negotiations are about restricting Iran’s nuclear programme again and lifting US sanctions against the Islamic Republic. The aim is to salvage the 2015 nuclear agreement, which aims to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.
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