The Iranian government confirmed that it seeks to end the negotiations in Vienna during the remainder of the life of the current government, while US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken called for the creation of a united front against Tehran.
Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei said, “Tehran is focusing on ending negotiations before the conditional agreement between Tehran and the International Atomic Energy Agency expires.”
Rabiei added that he hopes that the final round of the Vienna negotiations will be completed in the remainder of the life of President Hassan Rouhani’s government, stressing that there is nothing to prevent the government from reaching an agreement in these negotiations before the presidential elections.
Tehran had announced its rejection of a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency and the statements of its Director General, in which he warned that Iran is close to producing a nuclear weapon, at a time when the tone with Washington escalated against the background of the report.
Iran’s permanent representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Kazem Gharibabadi, said that the IAEA director’s statements show his biased approach towards Iran, and he ignored Tehran’s level of participation and cooperation with the agency.
Abadi added – in a series of tweets – that the agency’s report is not homogeneous in relation to the volume of joint cooperation between Tehran and the agency, and described the report as lacking credibility as it is not based on reliable sources.
The delegate considered the report of the Atomic Energy Agency unconvincing because it does not take into account all aspects of cooperation and the progress that has been achieved between the two parties so far, as he put it.
The Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Grossi, has warned that Iran’s nuclear program has reached a high level of uranium enrichment, and is close to the stage of producing a nuclear weapon.
Grossi expressed – in a press conference – his hope that results will be reached soon in the ongoing negotiations on the Iranian nuclear file, saying that progress has been made in this field.
For his part, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that the time needed for Iran to develop a nuclear weapon would be reduced to weeks if its nuclear program continued as it is.
In remarks, during a hearing held by the US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, Blinken added that the United States would be in a better position to hold Iran accountable by standing with its partners and allies on a united front.
For his part, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said it was unclear whether US President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Anthony Blinken were ready to abandon the maximum pressure policy pursued by former President Donald Trump towards Iran.
Zarif added – in a tweet – that it is also not clear whether the US administration is ready to stop what he described as “economic terrorism” as a bargaining chip, stressing that Iran is committed to the nuclear agreement, and referring to Article 36 of the agreement that allows Iran to take steps in response to non-compliance. The rest of the parties are the terms of the agreement.
Iran and the world powers will enter a sixth round of talks on June 10 in the Austrian capital Vienna, which may lead to Washington lifting economic sanctions on Iranian oil exports.
And last April, the Vienna talks began to revive the nuclear agreement between Iran and major countries after the withdrawal of the administration of former US President Donald Trump from it in 2018.