European diplomats involved in the talks to save the Iran nuclear deal They said this Friday that “some technical progress” was made, but they warned that it is “rapidly reaching the end of the road for this negotiation.”
“In the last 24 hours some technical advances have been made”, but “There is very little room for these negotiations”, The representatives of France, Germany and the United Kingdom indicated in a statement after the end of a cycle of talks in Vienna.
“We are quickly reaching the end of the road for this negotiation”, they added expressing that Iran’s requested pause is “disappointing.”
Meanwhile, the US national security adviser, Jake Sullivan argued that the Talks “are not going well,” in the sense that Washington does not yet have a way back to the pact. Sullivan, in a webinar, also said that the United States has conveyed to Iran, through European negotiators, the “alarm” for him “Advance”Of its nuclear program.
The talks – which seek to get the United States back to the international agreement and for Iran to commit to curbing its nuclear activities – began in April, but they were detained for several months for the election of a new government with a tougher line in Tehran.
The talks restarted at the end of November. “We have made good progress this week”, estimated on Twitter the chief negotiator of Iran, Ali Bagheri before closing the talks and specifying that these “They will continue after a hiatus of a few days.”
The European Union’s chief negotiator on the Iran nuclear deal, Enrique Mora, also considers that the time for the talks in Vienna to bear fruit for the full reactivation of the nuclear agreement with Iran is running out.
“We don’t have months left, we have weeks to reach an agreement”, Mora has warned after the last meetings in Vienna this Friday.
Diplomats from the EU and the United States have been cautious and delegates from the United Kingdom, France and Germany – who are part of the international agreement – warned on Monday that “precious time” is being wasted dealing with “inconsistent positions of Iran.”
The United States, which under Donald Trump withdrew from the accord in 2018 and reinstated sanctions against Iran, is indirectly participating in the dialogue. The negotiations, which also include Russia and China, are aimed at offering Tehran relief from the sanctions, in exchange for restrict your nuclear program.
Following the withdrawal of the United States, Iran took several steps to increase its nuclear activities.
Loss of memory from a camera
At the beginning of the year, Tehran also began to restrict the activities of the UN body that oversees nuclear activities, the IAEA.
On Wednesday Tehran and the Vienna-based IAEA announced that reached an agreement to replace the cameras in a plant that manufactures centrifuges in Karaj, which Iran says were damaged in June in an attack it attributes to Israel.
The IAEA Director General, Rafael Grossi, said this Friday that He has his “doubts” about a lost memory unit from a camera in the complex, specifying that there is no agreement with Iran on the matter.
Asked whether this device could have been lost in the June attack, Grossi replied that they have “doubts about it.”
“That is why we asked them ‘Where are they?
Grossi admitted that there is a “concern” about the loss of this data in Karaj but added that there is “Many methods and techniques” that can help rebuild the puzzle.
“Do not forget that this is a plant that we know very well, we know what facilities there are”, he indicated.
(With information from AFP and Europa Press)