Few days after the start of the eighth round of nuclear talks, Iran and Russia hailed the good progress. Washington, However, keeps muttering the slow process of achievements.
Washington raised concern over Tehran and Moscow’s positive statements regarding nuclear negotiations in Vienna. According to the US, it’s too early to determine whether Tehran has rejoined the nuclear talks with a positive attitude.
Tehran and Moscow both expressed optimism a day after the start of the eighth round of discussions to save the JCPOA in a shared cooperation with world powers. This is while EU countries and the US have complained that the nmuclear talks are taking too long.
Iranian foreign minister stressed on the possibility of reaching a deal reached sooner than later. He, nevertheless, said it would be conceivable if other sides show “good faith.” Russian delegate also claimed that a working group in the eighth round of negotiations was achieving irrefutable development.
US State Department spokesman claimed there had been some development in previous round of discussions during a telephone press conference. However, Ned Price added it was too early to say whether Iran is back with goodwill to revitalize former commitments.
“It’s really too soon to tell whether Iran has returned with a more constructive approach to this round. We are now assessing, in the course of these talks, whether the Iranians came back with an agenda of new issues or preliminary solutions to the ones already presented,” Price asserted during the briefing.
In return for constraints on Iran’s nuclear program, the initial 2015 accord removed sanctions against the country. However, a year after taking office as President of the United States, Donald Trump unilateral withdrew from the agreement. Iran eventually broke several of the JCPOA‘s terms and continued to push much further.
US and Russia in Nuclear Talks
Three days ago, the eighth round of negotiations between Iran and the US commenced in Vienna. Despite making little advancement in curtailing its nuclear programs, Iran has focused on relieving harsh sanctions, as in the original agreement.
Because Tehran refuses to engage with Washington directly, other sides to the talks, have to swing between the two sides. After some fresh Iranian requirements were included to a working draft, the previous round of discussions ended on December 18. Russia and China on the Iranian side and the United Kingdom, Germany, and France on the other side have tried to bargain their interests into the new deal.
The two groups narrate opposing views regarding the outcome of each round of nuclear talks. The Eastern bloc and Western bloc have differing take regarding the achievement in the talks. The US and European allies call for utmost prerogatives while Russia and Iran find the original deal as the source.
Iranian foreign Minister has a good confidence about the talks. He asserted on the good direction of talks saying “we believe that if other parties continue the round of talks which just started with good faith, reaching a good agreement for all parties is possible.”
On the other side, Ned price still hesitates to make clear remarks about the talks. He procrastinated any expression to future days conditioning it on Iran’s behavior in the coming days. “The U.S. delegation will be in a better position in the coming days to determine whether Iran has to come to the latest round of talks with a ‘fundamentally different position,” Price said.
Washington’s remarks about the urgency of nuclear talks and simultaneous killing of time indicates a double standard in western allies. It’s no on Europe to take decisive position.