Washington: The United States lashed out at Iran on Friday, saying that the nuclear talks between Iran and the world powers have stalled because Tehran “seems not serious” to return to the negotiating table.
U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Brinken warned that Washington will not allow its opponents to continue to advance its nuclear ambitions while extending the negotiation time, and will seek “other options” if diplomacy fails.
As diplomats suspended the seventh round of international negotiations aimed at resuming the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, U.S. and European participants expressed concern after five days of negotiations.
“What we ve seen in the last couple of days is that Iran right now does not seem to be serious about doing what s necessary to return to compliance, which is why we ended this round of talks in Vienna,” Blinken told a virtual conference of world leaders.
“But the window is very, very tight because what is not acceptable, and what we will not allow to happen, is for Iran to try to drag out this process while continuing to move forward inexorably in building up its program.”
Blinken s assessment was echoed by President Joe Biden, whose spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the first six rounds had “made progress,” but that “Iran s approach this week was not, unfortunately, to try to resolve the remaining issues.”
Pasaki said that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported that Iran “started a new round of negotiations with a new round of nuclear provocation.”