The United States joined Britain, France and Germany in demanding Iran to cooperate fully with the International Atomic Energy Agency in light of reports of undeclared activity in a number of its nuclear sites, while it resumed within days of the Vienna negotiations amid doubts about the possibility of reaching a settlement that would restore Tehran and Washington to the nuclear agreement.
While the meeting of the governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency continues in Vienna for the fourth day, the US mission to the agency said today, Thursday – via a tweet on Twitter – that Iran’s cooperation with the agency must be complete and immediate. Read also The New York Times: Iran’s proxies in Iraq threaten US forces with more advanced weapons Researchers: Iranian parties used malicious software to launch devastating attacks on Israeli websites Politico: Washington monitors the movement of two Iranian warships, their final destination may be Venezuela
She added that questions about Iran’s undeclared potential nuclear materials and activities stem from its legal obligations under its comprehensive safeguards agreement.
The mission noted the fact that the lack of answers to its questions over the course of two years was very worrying.
On Wednesday, Britain, France and Germany called – in a joint statement – for Iran to cooperate fully with the IAEA, and to grant unhindered access to all relevant sites and activities.
In this context, the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, said in an interview with Al-Jazeera that the agency had not achieved the progress it had aspired to with Iran on several issues.
وكان غروسي قال في وقت سابق إن إيران اقتربت من إنتاج سلاح نووي.
Sixth tour in Vienna
The sixth round of Vienna talks on reviving the 2015 nuclear deal is scheduled to start this weekend.
Iran’s chief negotiator, Abbas Araqchi, said it was too early to speculate whether this was the final round.
Araqchi stressed that the remaining points of contention are related to how all parties can return to the agreement.
In their joint statement issued on Wednesday, Britain, Germany and France called on Iran to seize the opportunity to return to full compliance with the nuclear deal.
The three countries urged Tehran to undo any action that contradicts the nuclear deal.
She said she was deeply concerned about Iran’s continued violations of its nuclear commitments.
The statement indicated that Iran has taken decisive steps towards producing nuclear weapons through its 60% enrichment of uranium.
In this context, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said that despite the ongoing negotiations in Vienna, the policy of maximum pressure on Iran is still in force.
Ryabkov added that the Vienna talks are looking at the extent to which the various sanctions can be lifted and the steps that Tehran should take in return.
He considered this part of the negotiations a very sensitive point, expressing his country’s understanding of Iran’s position on the need to lift US sanctions as a priority issue.
The Russian official said that the talk is now about returning to the full implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on the Iranian nuclear program, according to the 2015 agreement, noting that providing conditions for the return of Iranian oil to the market is one of the main components of the agreement being prepared regarding the nuclear deal.