Iran’s Foreign Ministry on Saturday described it as “unconstructive” and “regrettable”. Germany, France, and Britain issued a joint statement. A statement was on negotiations aimed at reviving a 2015 nuclear deal.
“It is surprising and regrettable that, in a situation where diplomatic interactions and exchanges of messages continue… to complete the negotiations,”. The three European sides would issue such an “unconstructive” statement. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani said this.
The comments came after the trio of nations raised “serious doubts” about Iran’s sincerity in pursuing a revived nuclear deal and warned that the Islamic Republic’s position was jeopardizing prospects for a deal. The so-called E3 also warned that Iran “continues to escalate its nuclear program far beyond any plausible civilian justification.”
“The three European countries are advised to play a more active role in providing a solution to end the few remaining disagreements rather than entering the destruction phase of the diplomatic process,” Kanani said.
The three European parties to the deal said Saturday that Tehran “has chosen not to seize this critical diplomatic opportunity,” adding that “instead, Iran continues to escalate its nuclear program far beyond any plausible civilian justification.”
Tehran has also reopened issues related to its legally binding obligations under the Non-Proliferation Treaty that was concluded with the UN’s atomic energy watchdog, the IAEA, they added.
Iran has demanded that the International Atomic Energy Agency close its investigation into several undeclared nuclear sites, a starting point for Western powers.
Kanani said it was “regrettable that the three European countries have taken a step on the path of the Zionist regime to defeat the negotiations with this ill-considered statement,” referring to Israel, a staunch opponent of the deal.
“If such an approach continues, they must also accept responsibility for their results,” he said.
The 2015 deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA, gave Iran sanctions relief in exchange for restricting its nuclear program.
But in 2018, then-US President Donald Trump withdrew the US from the deal and began reimposing scathing sanctions, prompting Tehran to reverse its commitments under the deal.
Negotiations in Vienna since April 2021 have aimed to restore the deal by lifting sanctions against Tehran once again and pressuring Iran to fully comply with its obligations.
Last month, the European Union, which acts as a mediator for the talks, presented a “final” draft of the agreement.
Iran and the United States then took turns responding to the text, with Washington saying Friday that Iran’s latest response was a step “backwards.” Kanani said Saturday that “threats and sanctions” would not “prevent the Iranian people from pursuing their rights and securing their interests.”
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