The seventh round of negotiations to reestablish the nuclear treaty with Iran has been interrupted this Friday so that delegations consult with their capitals before meeting again next week, under what the European Union (EU) described as a “sense of urgency”.
“Important challenges await us. Time is not unlimited. There is an obvious sense of urgency and we don’t have a lot of time, and a lot of work to do”, He explained to the media Enrique Mora, the number two of the EU diplomatic service and coordinator of the negotiations, when announcing the recess of the meeting.
Mora recalled that this seventh negotiating round is the first since June and the first in which the new Iranian government participates after the August elections.
In that sense, he insisted that, although work is being done on the documents that were closed last June, they are being incorporated “New sensibility of the new Iranian government”, relating above all to the lifting of sanctions that suffocate its economy.
“Time is running out”
Those change proposals were rated as “Disappointment” and “concern” by diplomatic sources of the E-3, which groups Germany, France and the United Kingdom, and that together with Russia and China participate in the negotiation.
According to the Europeans, Iran is backtracking on all the compromises reached during the difficult previous negotiations and proposing “big changes”.
“More than five months ago, Iran interrupted the negotiations. Since then, Iran has accelerated its nuclear program. This week, he has reversed the diplomatic advances made“These sources summarized what happened in this negotiating round.
The three European countries insisted on their commitment to diplomatic channels, but warned that “Time is running out”.
The head of the Chinese delegation, Wang Qun, acknowledged to the press that an agreement “It’s still far away”.
“All parties have agreed to continue negotiating where we end up in June,” said Wang, who described the environment experienced this week as “Serious and reasonably constructive”.
The objective of these negotiations, which are held at the level of senior officials and experts, is re-establish the agreement known as JCPOA (for its acronym in English), signed in 2015 and which limited Iran’s nuclear program to prevent that country from taking over atomic weapons in the short term.
However, after the exit from the agreement in 2018 from the United States, which in Vienna only participates indirectly, the pact is in danger.
Washington imposed new sanctions, while Iran began to breach its obligations under the accord.or, especially regarding the production of enriched uranium, a material of possible dual use, civil and military
Negotiators are now seeking to find a way for The US and Iran once again comply with the agreement.
To remove your penalties, Washington demands that Tehran first fulfill all its obligations, including full access for inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Iran, for its part, says it will only talk about its compliance once the US has removed all its punitive measures, which harm its economy.
(With information from EFE)